My children use to agitate me with that line, “I don’t know.” No matter what the question the answer was likely, “I don’t know.” I’d push until they gave me some answer that they likely lied to give me. Now I realize that maybe we were all forced to come up with answers when the best answer was,”I don’t know.”
I work in a field of psychology and that allows me to deal with people that have realized they don’t know on a particular personal subject. There is an event in their lives that has shook their perception and it requires that they discuss it with someone. I get to look at the pieces and place them in a way that is beneficial to their perceptions.
Perception is painted by many things; environment, educations, culture, but mainly the brain. The brain takes in information and makes sense of it, when we cannot make sense of it we experience a sort of trauma. The information doesn’t compute sometimes and the answer becomes “I don’t know.”
When you become aware that humans only see a fraction (1%) of the spectrum of light and we hear a fraction of the wavelength of sound you are forced to acknowledge you’re mostly def and blind. But our fear of not knowing forces us to adhere to made up answers.
Religion is a fantastic example of filling in the blanks. If we look at Christianity for example: When the bible was written it was believed the earth was flat and the sun was within 20 miles of the earth. I’d be hesitant to eat food they cooked, definitely wouldn’t let them do my taxes, and no way would I let them be the guide to my spiritual salvation.
We are quick to question the Internet for false claims but totally accept a story that had no eyewitnesses and the main character isn’t written about till generations after his death. To say the story is historical is to ignore reality.
Fast forward to today where a billionaire (assuming he’s a billionaire though he seems to be siphoning campaign contributions for frivolous things) with limited morality, oblivious on ethics, and despite claims of having an I.Q. within the top two percentile in the country seems moronic. He’s wealthy, Paris Hilton is worth a 100 million dollars, should she be the new Secretary of State? We have little information about anyone but we assume to know a lot.
This is cognitive dissonance, despite what seems like obvious information contradicting ones belief, people hold on to the original belief in order to keep their schema (world view). I often ask people if they’d bet their lives on their beliefs, if they say “yes”…I quietly consider killing them where they stand. Just kidding.
When you realize that America is 14th in education worldwide yet number one in confidence it’s easy to wrap your mind around the idea that Americans believe they know a lot. We have the most people on the planet that believe in the existence of angels as well. I’m not trying to knock religion or politics. I’m knocking the people that are sure their perceived belief is the right one on a subjective opinion that has human hands involved.
To state unequivocally that your politics, religion, race, or beliefs are infallible is simply illogical. “I don’t know” is not an acceptable answer when you know you committed an act and then use IDK as the an out…it’s a lie. When you state, “I don’t know,” when it comes to religion, the age of the planet or universe, which race is superior, or if your political choice is the one that saves the country, you are more right than those that claim to have a definitive answer. Buddha