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Your Political Opinion is Like Pineapple Pizza

To me, they are exactly the same

The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know. These words have been attributed to many notable people throughout history, from Einstein to Aristotle, to George Bernard Shaw.

Principle One: It is impossible for any individual to experience 100% of reality.

Reality is different for every individual. Why is it that we cannot have civilized conversations about politics or religion as we do about bands or TV shows. This is a universal thing. Civilized debates are on these two subjects are only possible when they are highly restricted to a very narrow statement, like “higher taxes are good for the lower class”. This statement can be argue with facts and people can learn from it. But debates with the question: “which is better, capitalism and socialism?” are bound to result in frustration, anger, and maybe even the breaking of relationships if both parties do not exercise high self restraint. Why?

Principle Two: It’s easy to accept people taste in things that are simple (Pizza → mouth → brain → feeling → pineapple pizza = good/bad)

There is an interface in each of our experiences where the physical reality gets converted into perception. Where the taste of the food hits the brain and results in an emotional reaction towards that pizza.

Principle Three: It’s hard to accept people’s taste in things that are complex (Experience → eyes/ears → brain → feeling, multiplied by a billion, one for each instant of life we have lived → socialism = good/bad)

Because our understanding of reality is limited by our perception as an individual, we cannot fathom what we have never experienced.

Principle Four: Just because you haven’t met me, doesn’t mean I don’t exist.

Let’s say you know me (for all intents and purpose, you do, since if you’re reading this, I must have written it), and you went up to your friend Bob who has never met, seen, or heard about me, and told him that I exist. Then let’s say Bob started arguing with you, saying that I do not (exist). How would you respond?

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Former techie turned blogger. Writing about the intersection between travel and spirituality.

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