Phobia This, Phobia That…

You know what I really like about strapping the suffix “phobia” onto the end of so many words…

The words actually begin to lose their meaning, or actually mean nothing at all to begin with.

Phobias are clinical conditions, and those who suffer from real phobias, as opposed to imagined ones, are being done the greatest disservice by those who have political agendas of trying to shame others by their use of words on a public that is unenlightened about the impact words actually have on the human psyche.

If more people actually took the time to expand their vocabulary beyond what they are familiar with, then we’d not have so many gullible people being tossed around by every wind and wave that comes along.

The problem is…  and here we go…  a word of my own creation…  I think… is that most people are alítheiaphobic.  I think it’s my own word.  I googled it, and came up with no hits.  Hey, it’s my one and only claim to fame.  How paraphrytical. Oh…  that’s another word of my own.  Guess what it means.

Now, getting back to the alítheiaphobic condition, I think everyone suffers from it.  There are very few of us who are headed down one way of living life who can stand, unaffected, when we come up against a measure of truth that contradicts the ways we believe/act.  We start to get all sorts of bent out of shape and begin to resort to all sorts of tactics to maintain our error-prone ways.

Whereas we can never know an ultimate truth, we can pretty much be assured that we can have most of our ideas disassembled right before our very eyes by bits and pieces of that ultimate truth.

We…  don’t… like that.

The best way to defeat an alítheiaphobic way of being is to simply not get into arguments (the presentation of ideas, and not verbal fights) in order to agree or disagree. Any fool can agree with the least amount of evidence, and any fool can disagree with the greatest amount of vehemence, based on the least amount of evidence.  How about this for your next argument (the presentation of ideas, and not verbal fights): Try to understand the other person’s point of view.

There is a quote that is attributed to Aristotle that reflects this thought of arguing to understand: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” Now, you might want to google this quote, as it could actually be from Linus in a Peanuts cartoon.  I’m just sayin’…  We need to be sure of that which we speak, before we speak it, and not simply base our thoughts on emotions, which is what the majority of any population does.

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