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THE SECOND TENET: KNOWLEDGE IS A TRAP

Often times we find an answer to a question and we are satisfied that we have performed our due diligence.

The question, for lack of a better word, has been 'resolved'. 

However, answers can sometimes be misleading or even entirely false; and yet, we still act as if those answers were valid. Why are we led to do this? What leads us to accept answers that are ultimately incorrect? 

There are many reason for this:

'It was the only answer available'

'The answer coincided with my pre-existing beliefs'

'The source appeared to be reputable'

Whatever our reason, we want answers even when we cannot be sure of their accuracy. Sometimes we go so far as to accept or reject answers just because they reaffirm what we think we already know, or because the alternative of not having any answer is unacceptable.

Surely, there must be some knowledge that is irrefutable? 1 + 1 = 2?

To this, we could say "yes", but only because this is a near universal belief among all people.  

How do we view the 'mad men' who argue that "1 + 1 does not always equal 2"?

Do we listen to the rationale? Do we dismiss it off-hand? Do we scold them for upsetting the social order?

There should be no line drawn that keeps each of us from having an open mind to thoughts and ideas that are presented to us. That is to say, who gets to decide if the answer is valid?

"The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery"

Anais Nin

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