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I Want To Believe

February 3, 2009

Principles of the American Cargo Cult is a spot-on outline of a belief system I’d like to think we’re leaving behind. I won’t tell you which ones I still believe.

The cool kids already saw this on both BoingBoing and Making Light.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Laura permalink
    February 3, 2009 3:02 am

    The only one I still believe is “all interconnection is apparent”, but not because it negates complicated answers. Imho, that very interconnection necessitates our most complicated questions…and answers…and consequences.

    But that’s just me.

  2. February 3, 2009 11:45 pm

    I think the zinger in that one is not the interconnectedness, but the notion that the interconnections are always, at least in principle, apparent. Sometimes things are a little harder to tease out, harder to explain away in a sound bite.

    Of course, it’s also easy to go too far in the other direction and assume that only complicated explanations are true – that way lies paranoia and I know you can think of your own examples – but, as H.L. Mencken said, “There is always an easy solution to every human problem–neat, plausible, and wrong.” (In his essay “The Divine Afflatus,” originally published in 1917, and reprinted in 1920 and 1949, found via Google Answers.)

  3. Laura permalink
    February 4, 2009 1:59 pm

    Well, yeah, I thought about that as soon as I’d posted, the fact that interconnectedness is not always apparent and that answers are often so perfect in their simplicity that we miss them…for eons…think relativity.

    The assumption underlying that whole list, imho, is that integrity and personal responsibility are meaningless and detrimental to “success” in life, and as such should be avoided at all cost. Bass ackwards.

  4. February 4, 2009 11:41 pm

    Our culture really does, all too often, treat integrity and personal responsibility as meaningless frills, to be abandoned at the slightest hint of stress. Klausler’s on our side, I think – he’s just trying to make what he sees as these pervasive tacit assumptions into explicit statements, so we too can see them well enough to repudiate them.

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