Published by Barb Dybwad,
Since even before John Locke bestowed upon us this philosophical power as makers, we've known: life requires heroism. Otherwise to live is not to live -- it is to pathetically toil in this factory or that, push these papers or those, wear this color collar or keep changing as you go.
It's good to be God.
But we can't make the mistake of imagining this is a static crown, or one due automagically. No -- one must do the work to accept the mantle of Maker, though should not want for options in self-training on this front. Then one must go the distance to keep growing, learning, changing with the times as they for sure will evolve.
The key is gaining competence without over-confidence -- the first mistake of pseudo-gods is mistaking ourselves for gods of higher stature and broader reach. It behooves us to cultivate humility about the skills we acquire, for teachers are yet students and even masters are the ones who devote themselves to lifelong learning of the craft. Ah but then we reach too broadly -- overstepping our bounds as eager intellectuals, in our own ways for the most part just seeking to contribute.
But good intentions are not enough. There is a popular saying about how one might GPS to the nether regions of the afterlife by doggedly pursuing them.
We have to do more to remove the logs from our own eyes while we live and breathe. Bias colors every decision we make, every interpretation, each discussion, and more -- and we do little to identify it much less counteract it. We can't see it perhaps... and we prefer things measurable.
Nevertheless, it's our duty as citizens and, by extension, human beings -- residents of the globe -- to do better in service of searching for, confirming, and sharing what is really true vs. what we may have long believed. Or what has been told to us. What popular opinion seems to indicate. What our debate opponent is alleging.
How do we know what's true?! It's complicated.
It's not a world of easy answers, and it's not getting any easier -- in fact, quite the opposite. The paradox of learning more and knowing more is that we end up discovering more about the vast scale of what we yet *don't* know -- as well as creating heaps and heaps more culture along the road to learning about "what's going on" that suddenly, there's a lot more going on than there ever was!
But there's always reason to hope.
Turns out, we don't actually *have* to know everything to survive, and even live well -- if we did, our ancestors wouldn't have managed to keep the species going (and there's plenty of evidence that scores of ancient civilizations had a whooping good time doing it -- some of the citizens, anyhow...). We don't put much stock in intuition in the modern era and yet it still guides the vast majority of what we do. It's the gut feeling we have about whether or not to trust someone, or the internal sense of which direction to pursue in life, your career, family decision-making, etc.