From episode 10: a skeptical look at martial arts
SKEPTIC LOOK AT MYTH
I was once told by an acquaintance that she didn't like skeptics because " they ruin the magic of living"...
Although I was taken aback by an answer I wasn't expecting, I have to now, plead guilty to the charges.
But is that such a crime?
We all have a natural tendency to admire what we perceive as beauty, art, poetry and the like, they give us hope that our already difficult life can be improved and we aren't doomed to misery all too common on this pale blue dot.
From the immortal works of Shakespeare, to the masterpieces of Rodin or Tchaikovsky; humans have dedicated space, time and even bonded to culture, this pursuit of hope through the admiration of beauty and the "magic" of life.
It has only enriched our specie.
But like every successful invention, there are usually cheap knockoffs that appear shortly after, trying to ride the wave of success.
We are all aware of cheap imitations of Gucci bags or iPhones to name a few but we often ignore the stories and myths that are a pale imitation of life and whose only purpose is to either curb your habits or steal your energy and money.
Why do we skeptically look at urban myths but accept religious stories because they seem to bring magic to your life?
These myths are so persistent that they've infiltrated everything in culture (just like we saw in martial arts tonight).
Bottom line is simple:
Do you prefer a possibly harsh truth or would rather have a comfortable lie?
Reality or virtual?
Skepticism isn't just important in the pursuit of truth, it's vital. We certainly aren't doing ourselves any favours by living in a made up world filled up with magic beings, angels, monsters and gods and the blood drenched pages of history books testify to the folly of our willingness to accept faith as a reasonable gauge of reality.
It's high time we teach ourselves and our kids not what to think but HOW to think;
I guarantee there will be no less fantastic or awe in a life with a healthy dose of skepticism, but as Henry Kissinger once said: it has the added value of being true