Employment and standards of living in America have been dropping for years and continue to drop. People are upset. I am also upset.
There are bigger problems headed our way (where “our” refers to the human race). There is only one way out, as I see it; for people to question all authority, which includes, most importantly, their own bias. Don’t squeeze ideas out of your head that are uncomfortable. And remember, problems are inevitable, and problems are soluble. Think rationally.
Recently I’ve heard from some people who have angrily dismissed my music because of my “views”. In my life, I’ve received plenty of heat from my closest friends and family, and fans too, for my “outspoken” political and religious ideas. However, my understanding and opinion on almost every subject changes drastically with new evidence and learning. I don’t claim to have the answers. I just claim that there are answers (which is scarily a very unpopular way to look at the world recently). Plenty of people have rejected my music on the learning of my “views”, as if the music is somehow poisoned. Anyway, they’re upset, and they feel the need to tell me about it.
Why should extreme reactions be frequent? Because political and religious views become a personal and social movement, a core ethos, a tattoo on the brain. People can’t reject them without feeling rejected themselves. But why should this ever be the case? Sculpting views on the nature of reality (which are what religion and politics should amount to) only involves reasoning and logic. It involves debating and learning with the sole purpose of finding the best possible solutions. It involves creativity and finding new solutions. It’s unemotional and often very subtle.
My only consistent ideal is bias-questioning and using science to get to objective reality. This means I have rejected my childhood faith in organized religion and eventually any notion of spirituality or god. I have rejected socially unjust politics, which includes any policy that affects lifestyle choice or only affects a certain “group” of humans. I have rejected the notion that government is an effective means to affect positive change. I reject the “Spaceship Earth” hypothesis and most environmentalism. I accept the probability of the multiverse theory.
But mostly, I think our existence on this planet is one of the most tragic, beautiful, special things in the observed universe. I think the human race has the most special superpower – the power of explanation. This is the power of creative thought and understanding that grows with time. Use your superpower, reject your bias.