Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Feeling First

'We very often reason from, rather than to, our convictions' (Hume). This is why we need to think twice about our intent when arguing. If it is simply to demonstrate what we believe like a Peacock looking for a mate, then crack on. If we want to see and understand, then we need to start with understanding people's feelings. Hume didn't believe that all feelings were equal. He also didn't believe in 'finding yourself' or a personal identity. We are just a bundle of ways of seeing things. A bundle that changes rapidly, and is deeply affected by our passions. We can see, recognise, support, and train those in each other. 'People have to learn to be more benevolent, more patient, more at ease with themselves and less afraid of others.'

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