Reflection 223: Book Excerpts 45-47

May 2, 2011

Copyright © 2011 by Steve Perrin

From KNOW THYSELF: Adventures in Getting to Know My Own Mind by Steve Perrin. Available on

45. As a species, we seem to find it easier to take for granted that the world we know is the true one, and the one others inhabit is at best a distortion, or at worst a lie to the extent it differs from ours. This results in all sorts of pandemonium and hostility—which passes as the normal state of affairs in worlds based on conflicting realities. (Introduction, p. xxviii.)

46. The human tragedy flows not only from failing to honor the uniqueness of our individual perspectives but, too, from each perspective believing itself to be the only true one, all others being dismissed as hostile pretenders to the truth. (Introduction, p. xxviii.)

47. Arrogant absolutism is the original sin of our tribe, which all evidence shows is undoing our respective accomplishments through senseless conflict with one another. (Introduction, p. xxix.)



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