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We could all be...wrong

Wouldn't be the first time.

It's from a Laurie Anderson song: Kokoku.

I guess you wouldn't get much done if you were always thinking that maybe you were wrong--and that would be bad, in a "The best lack all conviction" sort of way. But it's a good thing to remember all the same--in all kinds of contexts....

Maybe that person isn't a malicious gossip

Maybe s/he's telling the truth

Maybe there is no ulterior motive

Maybe those economic assumptions are incorrect

and so on

It's good for humility--and it's good just to be able to let go of a conception or an idea you have, the way you need to do when you find out things aren't that way after all.


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May. 22nd, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
it's good just to be able to let go of a conception or an idea you have, the way you need to do when you find out things aren't that way after all.

a lesson I probably haven't learned yet.

May. 22nd, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
Me either--that's why I have to keep reminding myself
May. 23rd, 2006 08:26 am (UTC)
What I am trying to do is not pass a judgement either way, right or wrong, but just accept the person or situation as "being". This is not an easy thing for me since I have strong opinions, however age is helping me to see that time is the Great Revealer and, in all things, are lessons for me to learn.
May. 23rd, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
Me too--and I agree, it's not always easy!
May. 23rd, 2006 08:27 am (UTC)
Hmmmm...What is truth?
May. 23rd, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
I'm only thinking about perceptions of things--I'm not sure I'd recognize truth if it came and hit me on the head with a bat. As for what it is... I don't know!
May. 23rd, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
Perhaps truth is value. Anything which creates value for all involved is the truth. Perception is immaterial.
May. 23rd, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
interesting... in which case, what is value?

and what does it mean for perception to be immaterial?
May. 23rd, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
I imagine it depends on the situation. Ghandi for example created value by being dedicated to peace. But I guess making the effort to recycle your trash even if you know it will be sent to the same place is valueable because you may believe it to be the right thing to do, this could be concidered creating value.
As far as perception goes. Imagine there is a real hunk of a guy who lives in England. He is into fast cars, drum and bass music and his girlfriend who by all accounts is pretty damn hot. There is also a guy who lives in the east village of Manhatten, he likes art, playing his guitar in cafes and poetry. He also has a girlfriend who is by all accounts, damn hot. These two guys have it all in there worlds, they are roughly the same age yet they would never have any common ground with each other. However in the early mornings when they are half concious they wonder to themselves what it is all about.
They therefore share a common cause... being human.
So even though there perception of the world is different, they are the same.
May. 23rd, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
fun! now I want to meet these two guys--I'm distracted by the story of them...

but I do think I get it now :-)
May. 23rd, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
Im not being lecturing by the way..only pondering.
May. 23rd, 2006 10:08 am (UTC)
hey i love that laurie anderson song.
May. 23rd, 2006 11:34 am (UTC)
Really! I love that song so much! I used to have all the words memorized. I especially like--well, I love the whole thing, but I do love the beginning:

I come very briefly to this place
I watch it quiver
I watch it shake

That to me is what it is to be alive--we're here so briefly, and we're watching everything quiver and shake around us.

May. 23rd, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
yes, that gave me one of those good chills. beautiful. i am not always good at hearing all the lyrics.
May. 23rd, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)
It's good for humility

Oy vey. Do I ever need help with that...
May. 23rd, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
You and me both!
May. 23rd, 2006 02:54 pm (UTC)
the world is a big pregnant maybe, amen!
May. 23rd, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
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