Evergreene Digest: Why Do We Fear the Truth?

  • The most important impediment to understanding and resolving any problem or conflict is our fear of knowing the truth. We spend a lot of our time trying to deal with problems and conflicts by deluding ourself about the cause and/or the solution necessary.
  • “We would rather be ruined than changed. We would rather die in our dread than climb the cross of the moment and let our illusions die.” — W H Auden
  • The Super Bowl of War: Three Decades of Failure in Afghanistan

Robert J. Burrowes

If we want to take appropriate action to fix something that is not working properly, then it is necessary to understand, precisely, the nature of the problem. Obviously, if our diagnosis is inaccurate, then the solution applied is unlikely to work. This principle of needing to understand a problem accurately before we can devise and implement an appropriate solution applies in all fields of human endeavour, whether it be a mechanical, scientific, health or environmental problem, or a conflict at any level of human relationships.

The most important impediment to understanding and resolving any problem or conflict is our fear of knowing the truth. We spend a lot of our time trying to deal with problems and conflicts by deluding ourself about the cause and/or the solution necessary.

Robert J. Burrowes has done extensive research since 1966 in an effort to understand why human beings are violent and has been a nonviolent activist since 1981. He is the author of ‘Why Violence?’http://tinyurl.com/whyviolence. His email address is flametree@riseup.net

and his website is at http://robertjburrowes.wordpress.com.

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Related:

The Super Bowl of War: Three Decades of Failure in Afghanistan, Robert Scheer, Truthdig

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