Flimsy Sanity: Why New Ideas are so Rare

Flimsy Sanity

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Friday, November 09, 2007

Why New Ideas are so Rare


  • At 4:15 AM, Blogger ryk said…

    I've been working on a post for some time now on this one:

    Illusion of control — the tendency for human beings to believe they can control or at least influence outcomes that they clearly cannot

    I believe it to be the reason for the existence of religion.

  • At 6:17 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    Psychologically, man dislikes moral ambiguity and fears that he may make the wrong decision so he will relinquish his freedom of choices to a dictatorial religion. All people share a number of fundamental psychological needs that can be met by religion. People need to feel connection and inclusion in some group. They need to feel good about themselves. They need to feel effective in protecting themselves from danger and influencing important events in their lives and religion can give the illusion of some control. Finally they need to have some form of understanding of the world and of their own place in it. As long as religion is practiced in moderation and teaches tolerance, it can be quite harmless. Any religion, even mainstream, that tries to make people phobic is unhealthy and insistence that the members relinquish their free will is a recipe for disaster.

    I really am not an atheist but I am agnostic because there really is no way to know - it is the biggest mystery ever. I don't trust anyone who is sure of it either way - even science fucks up plenty.

  • At 9:12 AM, Anonymous RJ Adams said…

    After reading your link I'm just going to give up making decisions. Damn! I can't, because that's a decision. Now I don't know what to do. I hate being so indecisive.

  • At 9:35 AM, Blogger Flimsy Sanity said…

    RJ: Someone said there is nothing new under the sun. Actually we all learn for lots of sources and put it together in our own way and think we are so damn smart cause we say the same old thing in a new way. As Kilgore Trout said, "So it goes."


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