"What I told you was true, from a certain point of view." - Obi-Wan Kenobi
I grew up on Star Wars. I did not eat meals; I devoured Star Wars. I have seen the original trilogy literally thousands of times, and so the teachings of Obi-Wan and Yoda were drilled into me. The above sentiment, and the lesson that followed it, is one that I remember very clearly and is quite involved with my own worldview. Yes, Star Wars prepared me for life.
Even so, I am often surprised by the truths to which people cling. I am not thinking of spiritual beliefs. Believe in God, Mohammed, Shiva, or Cthulhu, I will not fault you for that, but when we speak of human accomplishment I find there are limits to which I can stretch my suspension of disbelief. These spiritual beliefs seek answers to questions we are otherwise unable to quantify. With earthly matters, I think it reasonable that an accurate view of facts can be obtained through a general consensus.
I suppose what really startles me is not that others hold extreme views I cannot understand, but that they can be so close-minded as to believe they have no margin for error. I am never certain whether to admire or pity someone who feels the hold all the answers.
Even men of who it has been said were one with the divine were known to ask, "Why?"
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