I just finished reading "How to Live – or Life of Montaigne" by Sarah Bakewell. Renaissance writers were obsessed with the question of "how should we live life?" Michael Eyquem de Montaigne, considered the first "modern" individual, was no exception. Reading about his discovery of skepticism, and especially Pyramidism, had a cognitive reassuring effect on me.
I will save the philosophical obsession, but I will share the venue.
"All I know is I do not know anything, and I'm not even sure." – Pyrrhonism Skepticism Saying
This group of philosophers enjoy using one word answer to all questions – " epekho " Greek for "I defer judgment."
It is an incongruent nature of modern society. The diversity of all who surround us increases daily; Experts rule the supreme and the public go hungry, but everyone has an opinion on everything. How is this possible? Furthermore, we expect this hope in spite of it without realizing it.
What do you think about global warming? What about immigration reform? Our criminal justice system? Nuclear power? Chinese-American international relations?
These are complex issues that very few of us have spent a lot of time studying or studying. Furthermore, it is possible to see an infinite number of responses to these complex complexities, but still the most pressing option is to choose the correct answer from two available options. However, as social beings, we take our social clues from our peers and if everyone else has an opinion on "everything", I think, I too. I feel this tiresome.
I think we will all reduce our stress if we did not think we were unstoppable at an unacceptable standard to have an answer to everything. Say "I do not know" or even "epekho" – I suspend the court.
Extend this, as Greek skeptics did, so our reaction to events in our lives. We are obsessed with categorizing events, moments after a moment, as "good" or "bad". We have no idea whether it's "good" or "bad" to turn off our jobs – time will tell a story that's guaranteed to be much different than today's head, you know it. Consequences of events in our lives – caught in traffic, late dating, ineffective presentation, closed business, received (or not) presentation – are never very clear to us at the moment.
Could it be refreshing to try to respond to "epekho" in response to the events of the day?
I'm not sure we understand the damage we do to our souls when we deal with public relations. I challenge you, just one day, to "defer judgment" … take the weight of your shoulders, let the universe evolve as it should, and uncover the consequences for you. We are not a judge and jury for every detail of our lives, so why do we start with the weight of the illusionary responsibility. And we certainly must not be an expert in the world's most complex and urgent issues. Keep in mind I do not suggest you should not have an opinion, and I'm simply reminding you that it's not necessary. You can even be very informed and still epekho (postponed court).
Try it today. Tell yourself – "I do not know" … "I'm not sure" … "I suppose we see" … "I can not wait to see how it's playing" Take the Chains of Obedience need to categorize every detail of your life into categories "good" and "bad" from you. Keep your mind and look at your stress strain almost instantly.