In yesterday’s post, I metaphorically slapped you upside the head, sharing some thoughts on why people don’t change. Let’s explore that deeper…
It really gets back to attachment. Scientist Francisco Varela said that he doesn’t like to get too attached to his own field of research, because he’s afraid that will distort his ability to access other evidence objectively. That is great advice for not only scientists, but you and I as well.
Let’s explore an example of how this comes into play…
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw last week I posted a picture of the book I was reading. It was Beyond Religion by the Dalai Lama. On of my friends asked me why I was reading it, because he knows I am an atheist.
And that demonstrates one of the most serious issues in the world today…
The “confirmation bias cocoon” most people choose to live in.
My friend assumed that because I am an atheist, I would only read books by other atheists perhaps? Or as an atheist, I would never read a book by a spiritual leader?
And sadly, this is true for most people. The attachment they have to a certain belief means they only read or expose themselves to information that supports their attachment.
There are religious people who would never read a book by an atheist. (And probably some who will stop reading my blog, upon learning of my new beliefs.)
I’ve seen countless people on Facebook advise their followers that if they voted for Trump to unfollow them. And an equal number post that if someone voted for Hillary to unfollow them.
This kind of thinking is such a tragedy. Because once you let your attachment to something override your ability to question a premise or perform critical thinking – all learning, development, and growth stop.
You give up this amazing gift of living as a sentient being, and instead become a brain-dead zombie. The highlight of your remaining years then becomes liking posts on Facebook that support your limiting beliefs, prejudices, and preconceptions.
Another way attachment can harm you is when you allow it to define a certain role for you. As an example, when you create an attachment to being a victim. Which is where we will pick up tomorrow….
Until then, love to see your thoughts on all this below.