My latest blogs were about ideology versus reality. It occurred to me that this difference may provide a fundamental explanation for collective stupidity vs individual wisdom. Before, I assumed that pragmatism was the antidote for ideology. My latest insights are in my diagram below.
Our ideology is represented by our beliefs and in particular the 7 Belief systems (ie, 2015 concept, 2019 update, 2023 update). A belief is a known unknown: we know that we do not know and/but we still believe in our perception of that reality. Reality will always result in pragmatism.
The diagram may – implicitly – also explain why collective wisdom is “impossible”. Each of us grows up believing (eg, education, parental nurturing), and it will take decades before we can shake off those beliefs – if at all. In my case, it took a severe burnout and depression in 2013-14.
“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”A quote from the novel Diggers (1990) by Terry Pratchett (1948-2015), “an English humorist, satirist, and author of fantasy novels”
Note: all markings (bold, italic, underlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.