Friday, January 8, 2010

Cold Storage

Since almost any object may some day become temporarily important, the advantages of having a general stock of extra truths, of ideas that shall be true of merely possible situations, is obvious. We store such extra truths away in our memories and with the overflow we fill our books of reference. Whenever such an extra truth becomes practically relevant to one of our emergencies, it passes from cold storage to work in the world, and our belief in it grows active.

When shall I acknowledge this truth and when that? Shall the acknowledgment be loud? Or silent? If sometimes loud, sometimes silent, which now? When may a truth go in cold storage in the encyclopedia? And when shall it come out in battle? Must I constantly be repeating the truth ‘twice two are four” because of its eternal claim on recognition? Or is it sometimes irrelevant? Must my thoughts dwell night and day on my personal sins and blemishes, because I truly have them? Or may I sink and ignore them in order to be a decent social unit, and not a mass of morbid melancholy and apology?


What William James in his 1906 essay, Pragmatism Conception of Truth, is saying does sound familiar. We process the self in our beliefs beliefs and create a world based on those thoughts and then experience and claim them as our own truth.

Our experiences are based on our beliefs and from those beliefs truth surfaces in a number of different forms. We then make an association about these influences we call truth, and live them in an assortment of experiences. We have the power to choose what truth, and when to live it in space-time.

Our emotions and sexuality communicate vibrations. They are part of our belief structure. That structure consists of nine basic beliefs and an endless amount of influences within those beliefs that create our physical truth and our relationships,

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