Let’s know that we know nothing

What do you think if you are asked “Is august hot or cold?” We don’t know that we know nothing. Therefore we assume, fear and decide good or bad.

“Most viewers don’t decide and receive it as truth. Actually, there is no step to decide.” – This is what I said in the previous post. Yes, the problem is there is no step to decide. Verification never starts without that step. Not only that. You might believe you had verified already, and take it as a part of your belief. This is so-called brain washing by media.

I’m not saying “doubt anything”. I think this expression is rather a platitude. To doubt is not a method. Once you doubt, your calm and harmony of your mind will be disturbed. I’m not saying media is brain-washing you either.

What I want to say is that I want you to realize that you process unconsciously what you see or listen. For example, what do you think if you are asked “Is august hot or cold?” People in the North Hemisphere may answer hot, and people in the South Hemisphere may answer cold. If you think “About which region am I supposed to answer?”, you have a good sense.

I suggest thinking these 4 points when you see or listen.

The first point is realizing there are things you don’t know. I realized I had not known about computer security as I research. The more I taught computer security, the more I had to study.

The second point is thinking if what you think is assumption. People use their experience as a basis for judgments. Using experience is not a problem. As I wrote in the previous post, Using experience is a way to verify. But if your experience is less or not balanced, you may have assumption. For example, if you have grown in an environment where women around you wore a burka all the time, you may feel unusual when you see women without a burka. Instead, if you have grown in an environment where women around you didn’t wear a burka, you may feel unusual when you see women with a burka. These unusual feeling is assumption. You assume what women look.

By the way, assumption becomes prejudice as it grows, and prejudice becomes discrimination as it grows. Prejudice and discrimination bring fear. Countries that make laws whether or not women have to wear a burka are facing to fear, not to burka itself. They fear losing social order if they don’t restrict. Countries that require wearing burka are Islamic countries. Countries that require not wearing burka are European countries. It is natural if you think of their history of battle. Fortunately, there is no prejudice or discrimination in Tokyo. Assumption, maybe.

Be noticed that this is another “Is august hot or cold?” question. If you could imagine both Isramic and European countries,  you have a good sense.

The third point is checking if you have fear. Many people don’t go or don’t want to go to a hospital, espesiclly a dentist. It is because they fear knowing bad results. And they answer reasons even if we don’t ask. “I don’t have money.” “I don’t have time” “I’m not in pain” Smokers tend to answer like those. This is even better. The problem is there are people who get into a bad mood or who lose temper. Those people are out of process and are emotional.

The forth point is thinking if you take it as a good-or-bad issue. There is no good or bad in the world. I would say everything is neutral if I had to say. Being positive doesn’t mean good. Being negative doesn’t mean bad. Endeavor, patience and seriousness are not good or bad. Ultimately murder is not good or bad. It is just an illegal activity, and it is not more or less than that.

Think these four points and make your decision. My point is not whether these four points are correct or not. I think most people say murder is bad, but if you are one of them, I want you to think. Do you know what happens when a human die? Additionally, do you know you don’t know the answer? Remember the first point. I’m not faultfinding.

Human beings tend to assume, fear and treat as bad if they see or hear something unknown. This is one of subjects as we grow up.

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