The virtue of being Confused?


The case for Anti-fundamentalism

So, you are confused. that is good you are thinking and probably you are not a fundamentalist. I define a fundamentalist as someone who is so convinced of his or her convictions that it is almost impossible to change. This can range from left to right, from religious to atheist, from free market to socialist, and so on. If you do have sufficient (self) doubt it is very hard to be a fundamentalist. Therefore, it is good to be somewhat confused. However, on this website and in the forthcoming book I will try put a bit of method to the madness. So, how can we be sufficiently confused, not too much not too little? A good start is not taking yourself too seriously all the time. Nobody is completely “normal” and at least a bit crazy.

What is going on with all these people who pretend to know everything all the time? As far as I am aware you are always learning all the time. Someone who claims he or she does not need to be educated anymore, probably requires a lot of education, and is very confused without knowing it. If you want to be intelligent by definition you have to consider many different views. To put this to an extreme, would it not be very interesting to have a conversation in a save setting with a religious extremist or a neo-Nazi, just to try to understand why they think what they think?

The benefit of living in interesting times is that we do start to realize more what is fundamental to our long-term wellbeing. I think this has to do with that fact that we can see more extreme behavior in practice. Extreme examples help to understand reality. It needs to be said that I typically used these in thought experiments rather than looking at actual reality. Hopefully these interesting times will be a wake-up call for us to embark on a more collaborative and constructive path. But to even start to think about that, we have to have much more constructive dialog with people with vastly different viewpoints. Without dialog there is no democracy.

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