amazing the change 18 seconds make,
but even your
This is good advice though.
doesn't address my post in any real way.
If you were to even slightly perceive any truth in my description of the emotional investment prison I believe your thoughts to be held by, then you have to realise just how much you will not want to take on board what I have said.
You will emotionally shy from it, while paying it lipservice.
You will not adopt a stringent methodological application of such appraisal, you will instead acquiese to some sort of "feelings" that "you're OK as it is".
No I really do mean it. It's just hard to be nice when you're constantly being provoked. I apologize.
Meanwhile it does go to show that you are only human, and so, like all of us "prone to emotions".
You actually reinforce my "emotional investment" scenario, by showing that you are a passionate human subject to emotional response.
So again I say, the single most powerful "emotional response" is fight or flight.
Questioning emotional investment, will (as it has unmistakably done with you here and now) trigger that response.
At any rate, I do do this. Sometimes I start feeling doubt, but then when I stop and actually meditate on the things I've read and the things I've seen then the doubt is removed. It just doesn't work for me the other way around.
So the key to this is the fact that you have doubts.
What real "need" did you become aware was not being fulfilled by your belief set?
What did not make sense to you?
What about your belief set was failing rational appraisal?
And with all due respect, it is kinda obvious that the "doubt is removed" outcome you describe (at least from a spectators viewpoint) should be recognised as
a re-immersion in the emotional investment waters.
I bet that the first thing you experience when finding doubt removed, is a real emotional relaxation and pleasure syndrome, at being back in touchy/feely with your beliefs?
Completely understandable and predictable psychological reward system for re-instating the status quo emotional investment.
And thus by renouncing doubt, then any awareness of inconsistency illogic bizarreness or downright superstitious silliness can all be instantly forgotten for a while while you bask in the illusory surety of the lying pleasure reward.
It's hard and cruel and brutal being totally honest with oneself, and deliberately removing emotionally vested blindfolds to see the truth about what one chooses to "feel".
I mean when I read the Bible and it's description of the Last Days and I look around I perceive that it's description is becoming more and more accurate. How can I deny it?
Mate that has to be one of the least credible emotional readings of reality upon which to base your entire life philosophy.http://www.religioustolerance.org/end_wrl2.htm
End of Days has already occurred at least 46 times, didn't it happen twice in one year last year? ( I could be wrong, and I cannot be bothered looking it up as it is only a rhetorical point)
The essence of the winning game play that is "the end of days belief", is that it can never be disproved.
It is always just around the corner for the whole of your life, then one day you are dead, and it doesn't matter anymore.
You automatically get to play a card that by its definition, cannot be trumped.
It is a very very baseless and manipulative "proof" of "evidence" supporting your emotional investment, that can never be reputed.
And doesn't your emotional investment just love that?
Can you not see that while you are pushed into finding positions such as these to shore up you diminishing belief, then you are actively acquiescing to the emotional requirement, while carefully retiring to the corner where rational appraisal cannot get at your "feelings"?