A saying attributed to Buddha now circulating on the internet calls for a response

I recently saw something on the internet that begs a response.  Buddha is reported to have said:  “Believe nothing.  No matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”  Whether or not Buddha said it many, many years ago, it’s bad advice now, especially for people living in America.  Here’s why:

If your ability to reason has been stunted by years of schooling that reveal only one route to truth (deductive reasoning), instead of its alternative (inductive reasoning, where truth is measured in probability, not the “certainty” offered by deductive reasoning based on the “acknowledged truthful facts” generously provided by the various authorities for your peace of mind), you can’t rely on your own “common sense” because it doesn’t EXIST anymore.  That’s the true legacy of schooling in America for the past 100 years, and especially so in the last 50.  We keep electing the leaders that our leaders want us to elect, by offering us their choices.  It’s a downward spiral.  See?  The only way out to recover from this situation is to “unflush the toilet” and that’s impossible, since there are too many people riding the spiraling stream downward.  The best we can hope for is to find a way to climb out of the bowl.  That’s what being an entrepreneur is all about – climbing out of the bowl. 

Best wishes for 2017 to all of the other entrepreneurs out there.

Steve

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