- Published on Thursday, 23 February 2017 09:57
We grow through learning. In many respects our education and belief systems act like a staircase. We learn facts and skills and once learned, these "steps" are relied on to build further learning and understanding. Having climbed some way up the staircase, we're disinclined to go back down the stairs to "unlearn" or verify what we've taken as read.
The reasons for this can be many and various: laziness, other priorities or because our status, place and view of the world are reliant on the character and shape of the staircase we've climbed. Revisiting what we think we know may negate everything we've "learned" and have come to believe subsequently; shock horror, we may even discover we're on the wrong staircase leading us to nowhere or worse.
Bearing this in mind, one has to persevere with this next video because if you are of a certain disposition, it will repel you initially but as it unfolds, the beliefs many hold dear are revealed as false, illogical and untenable. You may have to watch it more than once for its true import to sink in. The research we've undertaken within Critical Thinking corroborates most of what is claimed and explained.
Some of us have had to revisit the lower steps on our staircase, giving us a very different understanding of the world - essentially upending our "staircase" - it is a far from comfortable experience but once we've been through shock, anger etc. (a kind of trauma) we have a much better sense of the world as it is today.
If we are not prepared to consider alternatives to widely held beliefs, we risk drifting into "a world where the living envy the dead". Please watch the video, no matter how difficult or repellent you find it - understanding the world as it is is essential for us all.