from Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil:

"The falseness of a judgment is to us not necessarily an objection to a judgment: it is here that our new language perhaps sounds strangest. The question is to what extend is it life-advancing, life-preserving, species-preserving, perhaps even species-breeding; and our fundamental tendency is to assert that the falsest judgments are the most indispensable to us, that without granting as true the fictions of logic, without measuring reality against the purely invented world of the unconditional and self-identical, without a continual falsification of the world by means of numbers, would be to renounce life. would be to deny life. To recognize untruth as a condition of life; that, to be sure, means to resist customary value-sentiments in a dangerous fashion; and a philosophy which ventures to do so places itself, by the act alone beyond good and evil."

This quote of Nietzche really took quite a few rereads to fathom the meaning behind it. But once I understood, I could only nod my head in agreement. In society, especially in this modern society, we are surrounded by myths, lies that we take as the norms, and then the norms becomes the truth. Very few people actually take the time to question the validity of their beliefs upon which they base their lives.... But to be honest there is no doubt in my mind that there are certain core "misbeliefs" that are so essential to the human race, so essential to the stability of the human mind, that even if you were to disprove them, very few people will be able to soak it up and accept it. Most humans would simply reject with all their might no matter how well a person could disassemble their false beliefs. Society gives them too much space to push it away, ignore it, and finally disregard it altogether. But I wonder by embracing those "misbeliefs" we are not stopping ourselves from progressing. I am not talking about the shallow progression of the changes in our world that has allowed a certain few to make their lives more comfortable by our fond inventions of better commodities. I am talking about the inner progression of the human mind and soul. Let's face it, the state of the human mind has no changed a single bit.... We still have incomprehensible fears and hatreds, and we are incredibly prideful. We're still so ignorant about this world and the universe but we prop up ourselves for the "discoveries" we've made as if we now know everything! A few thousand years ago we still had the luxury of our continuous push to change this world to how we want it to be. The size of our population has wiped that luxury away. Everything we do now has effects on each other and to this planet. It's too bad that we are so blinded by hubris to understand that, and we will definitely pay the price for this pride sooner or later....


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