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Mammal Tafren
Gallente
Intaki Liberation Front
Intaki Prosperity Initiative
Posted - 2011.08.22 01:21:00 - [1]
 

Doubt is the key of knowledge

Samsem suciyik ki neuuhdyar

This proverb is attributed to the Idama Bhai Ravinder Singh, who was considered wise due to his (perhaps unique) awareness of his ignorance.

In the modern era in which we find the capsuleer dominating the space-ways, often without forethought or mercy, one wonders if the wisdom of Ravinder Idama needs further consideration.

It is sometimes the case that modern evils are attributed to a lack of faith in one thing or another. Evil exists, some say, because people do not believe enough in God. Evil exists, others counter, because people do not believe enough in Democracy. Evil exists, yet others assers, because people do not believe in their corporation.

Perhaps, instead, it is the case that evil exists because people believe too much in these things. Consider instead the possibility that it is certainty, rather than doubt, to which we can attribute the cause of many modern evils.

I wonder if were to pause to deconstruct the problems facing our modern cluster, problems which are often dominated by competing and incompatible ideologies. Take the antagonist du jour, Sansha Kuvakei and his minions. While I cannot speak intelligently to his motivations, his actions speak to a certainty of purpose that allows little room for doubt. His followers seem inclined to sacrifice the lives of thousands of their crew in order to uplift the many millions that have been taken from various planets around, including some in the region I call home, Placid.

Or instead, perhaps if we were to look at the conflicts between capsuleers who wave the flags of the various empires, we might see this same certainty of purpose.

Considering the conditions in which Placid and other contested regions find themselves, one wonders what creates the greater evil, the certainty of purpose surrounding the conflict, or the doubt espoused by Ravinder Idama, a doubt which might give us pause prior to rash action.

Lyn Farel
Knighthood of the Merciful Crown
Posted - 2011.08.22 11:45:00 - [2]
 

That was interesting.

Malcolm Khross
Caldari
Wiyrkomi Honor Guard
Posted - 2011.08.22 13:01:00 - [3]
 

Introspection can yield as much about oneself as the cluster around them.

An interesting bit of philosophy there. Convictions can be both a source of great evil and a source of great good, depending on not only the end goal but the means by which it is pursued. Unless you stop to question your motivations and your actions, and test them against the opposition with reasonable analysis, it's just blind.

Eh, not much of a philosopher myself, hoping that made sense for you.

Gen Kumon
Caldari
Naqam
Shaktipat Revelators
Posted - 2011.08.22 13:12:00 - [4]
 

Edited by: Gen Kumon on 22/08/2011 13:19:33
My issue with debates such as this, is that all those involved rarely share the exact same definition of "evil". This is something that much be resolved before one can even begin to properly argue about the source.

As one who answered Master Kuvakei's call, my view on what is wicked and what is just is rather different from what can be considered the commonly accepted one. One man's crime is another man's self-sacrifice. Murder and the execution of a wicked man for his crimes. Brainwashing, showing the truth. Ad Nauseum.

In the end, we simply have...opinions. Only time will reveal the truth of these matters. Though I know which side I'll bet my figurative money on.

Diana Kim
Caldari
Wolfsbrigade
Posted - 2011.08.22 13:19:00 - [5]
 

Well, what can I say, I am absolutely agree with Ravinder Idama. You can't get new knowledge if you don't doubt existing one. You can't be a scientist if you don't doubt existing theories. You can't be an efficient manager if you don't test optimality. When you doubt, you need to suggest something new, something better, thus gradually improving yourself and things around you.

However, doubt can be as destructive as creative.

When you doubt given order, you fail plans of your command, who relies on you. When you doubt in face of your enemy, he will see you dazzled and weak, and he will crush you.

Everything in our universe has it's own place and time. And so does doubt.

Conventia Underking
Amarr
PIE Inc.
Posted - 2011.08.22 19:05:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: The Scriptures, Book of Missions 5:14
Which test reveals more of the soul, the test that a man will take to prove his faith, or the test that finds the man who believed his faith already proven? If you know this answer, then you also know which of these challenges bear the greatest penalty for failure. The gates of paradise will open for you one time only; woe to the soul who dares to knock twice.


Within the hearts of the truly faithful, there is certainty, but only those able to overcome the test of doubt are truly exalted, for then the Truth is known.

ValentinaDLM
Minmatar
Ubi Concordia Ibi Victoria
Posted - 2011.08.22 20:35:00 - [7]
 

Originally by: Gen Kumon
Edited by: Gen Kumon on 22/08/2011 13:19:33
My issue with debates such as this, is that all those involved rarely share the exact same definition of "evil". This is something that much be resolved before one can even begin to properly argue about the source.

As one who answered Master Kuvakei's call, my view on what is wicked and what is just is rather different from what can be considered the commonly accepted one. One man's crime is another man's self-sacrifice. Murder and the execution of a wicked man for his crimes. Brainwashing, showing the truth. Ad Nauseum.

In the end, we simply have...opinions. Only time will reveal the truth of these matters. Though I know which side I'll bet my figurative money on.

Wise words, Gen Kumon, everything is relative, I only wish I had the strength of conviction that you do, I am still trying to find a way to make my goals a reality.

Wyke Mossari
Gallente
Posted - 2011.08.23 14:14:00 - [8]
 


Doubt is the aegis of wisdom and the achilles of the fool.


Codo Yagari
Yulai Guard 1st Fleet
Yulai Federation
Posted - 2011.08.25 12:44:00 - [9]
 

Edited by: Codo Yagari on 25/08/2011 12:46:05

Indeed, when beings that do not know the answers to the mysteries of life, when it is admitted that they do not know,
instead of always claiming the one or the other way, when they say "I do not know",
perhaps one of the highest truths for them is embraced. And perhaps then when the cup has been empited
can it be filled with more accuracy.

One of the best OPs I've seen on the IGS for a long time, thankyou Tafren! o7


 

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