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Global Circus of Intellectual Tastes

Updated on November 6, 2017
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Val is a life-long student of the psycho-philosophy of living and a devoted practitioner of many techniques that enhance personal evolution.

Knowing Is Just an Intellectual Taste Away for Guessing
Knowing Is Just an Intellectual Taste Away for Guessing

Opinionated Doctors

Have you ever been at another doctor for a second opinion, and then left his office all confused and somewhat pissed off at the guessing routine of the medical profession?

In one of such instances my wife almost lost her eyesight due to a late correct diagnosis. Her persistent cough was first a "bronchitis", then a "whooping cough", and finally a specialist discovered a temporal arteritis, or an inflammation of arteries in head.

After changing her family doctor her bad luck with doctors came back when the new doctor sent her home with nothing but a usual advice for a good rest and plenty of liquids---the third doctor finding a walking pneumonia which persisted for three months for not being treated in time.

Now, let's not jump the gun; most of the doctors are doing their best, with the only little problem that their "best" may not turn out to be good enough. That brings us to an often forgotten fact that a medico is in the first place a human being, not a robot-like encyclopedia of medical science.

So a wrong diagnosis or a treatment may follow after nothing more than his lack of sleep or a nagging indigestion. However, there is this less forgivable factor, and it has a lot to do with his personal favorite approach, or---his intellectual taste.

For example, if during his studies he excelled in microbiology, he may tend to ascribe much of health issues to germs. On the other hand, he could be of a more holistic kind, seeing our physical problems as an extension of something emotional. Much in a sense of that maxim of the ancient Ayurvedic medicine: "Don't tell me where your body is hurting---tell me where your life is hurting."

Unfortunately for us patients, doctors may have this undiagnosed problem of intellectual tastes.

Emotions Can't Do the Thinking For Us
Emotions Can't Do the Thinking For Us

Selective Political Reality

Well, as we are about to see, doctors are not the only ones with this selective diagnostic and procedural methodology which suits their intellectual tastes. The much talked about political turmoil in the USA would provide me with a material for a whole separate article---and it actually did.

But, while elsewhere I was putting the whole weight on the psychological aspect of that national divide, let's see it as a strange and terribly overlooked phenomenon of an intellectual taste.

Namely, it seems like any facts---once they get mixed with human saliva---come out as a personally fabricated model of logicalness. Just like two medicos may look at the same cluster of symptoms and derive two different diagnoses from them, so the same burning national issues may be seen through different lenses of Conservatives and Liberals.

As we are painfully aware, those differences are enormous these days. And not that a common ground is not possible to be found, but the emotional involvement is not even allowing a search for such a common ground.

Like I emphasized so many times elsewhere, I am a political cynic, which makes me suspicious about just about any political careerist no matter what fancy name they may give themselves.

Thus, not caring one bit whether Trump stays or goes, I could use him for a clear example of people's impulsive dislikes, or even a disgust which doesn't stop at badmouthing him, but also his family, who have absolutely nothing to do with the political life in the USA.

Political Ideology of Any Party Is Just Plenty of Crap
Political Ideology of Any Party Is Just Plenty of Crap

Thinking with Emotions

According to my observation, ever since the sexual revolution hit the mentality of the western culture back in 60's, the liberated emotionality has been escalating uncontrollably, resulting with this emotionally contaminated thinking.

In art and music we can see it as an "anything goes" syndrome where no parameters of acceptable exist any longer. People like something "simply because they like it", and that's enough of an explanation.

Indeed, there is no strong tendency of a rational discipline and objectivity, and political arena became a site of an emotional junkyard where opposing sides are merely unloading their accumulated irrational emotionalism. It's all about intellectual taste, not about a joint effort to seek those solutions which would not be a subject to that taste.

If anyone thinks it is "normal" and desirable to be led by heart alone, they must be of a kind who allowed their own life to be messed up by an inner anarchy of mental forces.

Political logicalness makes no sense when it is driven by a sentiment, and even those two parties are merely a symptom of that sentimentality. I don't really need any proof to that---anyone can look back over different administrations and notice how the basic standard of living hardly showed any difference regardless of who was in the Office.

Someone much smarter than myself in political matters once said that whether you are voting for one or the other party, you are getting the same crap out of them, with lots of excuses why those promises at election time can't be kept.

Thus, again, it is this intellectual favoritism, or personal taste of looking at matters, which is painting the political reality---not only in the USA, but worldwide.

Believing Is Not Knowing
Believing Is Not Knowing

An Assortment of Gods to Choose From

Intellectual tastes in religious global stadium is probably even more pronounced than anywhere else. With every religion contending that there is only one god, the world could never agree upon that "one and only".

Thus, by creating so many variables in that fund of belief they actually made all of them less credible. It appears to be a sheer case of a "belief within a belief", with so many denominations existing within any of the major belief systems.

Since beliefs are generally not based on facts but rather on a deliberate and intuitive presentation of something hypothetical, these religious wars over the world domination are just as senseless as two people arguing whose dream is more realistic.

I may have no logically based objection about the existence of a universal intelligence "behind all this", but then I certainly won't go poetical about attributing to that intelligence some human characteristics. I mean a "name", or ability to "see", to "be angry", to "forgive", to "punish", etc., including a beard. Metaphors are good when they are depicting something real, not something abstract.

It never stops amazing me how persistent and unchangeable religious beliefs can be. In my life I used to "believe" in this or that, but then it got modified by my level of maturity and experience.

Compare that to the "maturity" process of the mankind, and you just see a historical evidence of the same crap repeating itself ad nauseam, with the same persistent beliefs playing a direct or indirect role in it.

For example, these days scientists are searching for that "god gene" in our genome. That alone is pointing at the fact that the idea of a god doesn't have to be abandoned altogether. But then, neither does it have to stay in those diapers from the cradle of the mankind at that same capacity of perceiving and reasoning which was so obviously mythological and loaded with a sentiment, not a rational thought.

People grow, people change, people mature---and our evolution of consciousness is suggesting that nothing should stay the same. Our intellectual taste persisting through the ages is not making our gods one bit more convincing by being "so old".

Intellectual Tastes in Science Are Holding Us Back
Intellectual Tastes in Science Are Holding Us Back

Mainstream Science or Another Religion

This phenomenon of intellectual favoritism even shows its silly face in science, as careerism and politics are blinding scientists from seeing how exactly the same bunch of evidence gets interpreted differently.

Then we also have this matter of science turning religion, with an opportunity for every "renegade thinker" to become noticed by his going against the mainstream---no matter how silly he may sound.

For an example, during the fad of "water cure", I received in my mail a brochure titled "Forbidden Cures", with the front page showing this bona fide medical doctor and his claim: "I never had a glass of water in 20 years". His theorizing was debunking the water fad, and made him popular at the reading public with an intellectual taste for "radical health care".

Archaeology is especially closely watched not to go politically incorrect by presenting any evidence which might shake the mighty religious establishment. Censorship is imposed to screen out and expose to a public ridicule anything that might point at an alternative story of human origin, the real age of human race, and alike.

Personally, I am keeping my mind open. I don't have to "believe" in ancient aliens and their genetic engineering of homo sapiens. But I can still wonder about those thousands of unused genes in our genome, since I don't believe there are "spare parts" in our DNA.

So, what models of our psycho-physical functioning are still available to us that are dormant and possibly silenced by our mental programs instilled by social influence? Yes, I am asking questions, not satisfied with the paradigm composed of intellectual preferences of those "giants" at our culture market.

Thinking Should Be Separated from Emoting
Thinking Should Be Separated from Emoting

Hate Picking Its Targets

Well, some of us still keep a cool mind while sailing smoothly through the tsunamis of turbulent popular thinking. For one, I am laughing inside as I think what and whom would Americans hate if by any miracle Trump decided to step down on his own.

For, there is no way that all that hate would abruptly subside without merely looking for a fresh target. People have their intellectual tastes dictated by their emotional makeup and quite possibly some unconscious issues with authority figures.

Then, what would happen if medical establishment suddenly---again by some miracle---allowed one of those suppressed cures which don't involve pharmaceuticals and a scalpel to become official? A healthy world is not The Solution, with so many professionals losing their highly paying careers.

So, who are we really kidding, folks, with all that advertised "care" for the welfare of this world---whether it's coming from doctors, politicians, religionists, scientists, anyone "up there" where the "important" beliefs are being tailored for us to blindly accept?

Indeed, we can't switch intellectual favoritism off like we switch the light off. What we can do instead is to recognize it and not fall for it.

After we hear one group of scientists claiming that there is a global warming, and another group of scientists with equally impressive credentials claiming that we are actually cooling down---we might as well turn our TV on and watch something more entertaining.

When anyone tells me with a conviction in their voice anything about politics, religion, science, medicine---I am tempted to ask them: "How do you know?" For knowing is different than believing in what someone else claimed to be true. With so much absolutely confusing and contradicting crap coming from the news media, I refuse to join them with my own deliberate intellectual taste.

While I may have a developed taste for foods, music, clothes, kind of friends, etc.---that's where it stops. And it just feels so good---while my body is whispering "It's healthy too."

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      Larry Rankin 5 months ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting perspective.

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      Vladimir Karas 5 months ago from Canada

      John---When my wife, or mostly my old friends tell me about their new adventurous encounters with medical profession, I can't resist but clownishly say: "Well, looks like we can't afford to get sick anymore".

      But then, I am not stopping at that with my silly humor, because when the topic is about "how expensive funerals are these days", I am already expected to say something like: "Well, looks like we can't afford to die anymore".

      Maybe I am joking so much about this stuff because I haven't seen a doctor in some 9 years or so, I don't take any medications, not even antacids, Preparation-H, or that blue little pill, all for our middle section being so apparently vulnerable at this age. LOL.

      Boy am I even boasting here!!! But why not, it feels good. So, when I am writing about doctors and their incompetence, I am more referring to what I hear from others these days. Between us, John, somehow I was never taking doctors quite seriously, and there has never been a single medication that really helped me---when I got well, it was by the course of the nature. Anyway, doctors are not adding anything to our biology, they are just giving a boost to our natural fighting forces, that's all. Except when they go violent and start cutting things out, in which case---not only that they are not adding anything, but they are even subtracting from what we have.

      I like hearing from you, old buddy. Can't wait to hear about your cross-country trips in your new RV. --- Val.

      P.S./ I appreciate your nice words of praise.

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      Vladimir Karas 5 months ago from Canada

      MizBejabbers---Whenever somebody gives me a sincere compliment---and yours sounds sincere enough---I respond with an old-fashioned little humble bow of appreciation and a smile. That cannot be reproduced by a "Thanks", which always sounded to me like a little tired, overused, even abused word.

      So, I am asking you to use your imagination and see me bowing and smiling.

      And yes, people will be people, never satisfied, always ready for yet another cartoonish round of bitching. What makes it somewhat sad is that more and more they are resembling the mentality of those Middle Eastern countries where unrest is a norm of their existence, with somebody always protesting or fighting somebody else. After a long while, it stopped being important "why" they are doing it today---because they didn't really need anything like a reason.

      It was great hearing from you again, Mizzy.

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      MizBejabbers 5 months ago

      "Political logicalness", now ain't that an oxymoron? If they got Trump out, whom would they hate? Probably the next guy or gal if Hillary or Warren got in. We went through the same crap when Bill Clinton was in office. I got so tired of looking at the Op Ed section of the newspaper because most of the letters to the editor started with: Well, Slick Willy's done it again." Then some old fogey would go off on some piece of trivia Trumped up (excuse the pun) on Clinton. They got more excited over his sexual blunders than the fact that he balanced the budget. But that's human nature, I guess.

      Vlad, you are one of the most pragmatic people I know, and I mean that as a compliment. I may not always agree with everything you say, but I know that when I read an article by you, it isn't going to be some "chicken with its head cut off" rant followed by argumentative comments from people throwing spitballs at each other. It's refreshing. Thanks for a different slant.

      I may be singing a different tune if Trump manages to get our Social Security and Medicare funds diverted to help his rich cronies though. At least Canadians and Australians don't have to worry about that. We do.

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      John Hansen 5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Val, you espouse simple common sense in such an intelligent way :) If only people could open their eyes and see the obvious. I can relate to what you write about doctors being only human and fallible. My wife has had to change doctors quite frequently (not through any fault of her own..they don't like staying in a rural area for long and jump at the first chance to take a city position) and has had so many different opinions and changes of drugs, saying the previous combination was rocket fuel etc.

      But, no, we can't trust anyone to be doing things for the good of the people..money always rules, and there is no money in a totally healthy community for instance. We really need to use common sense as much as possible and make our own decisions on what we do or accept, not just blindly follow what we are told. No President or Prime Minister can do anything without the backing of their party, and all those power brokers behind the scenes so it isn't much use moaning and complaining because even if the other party were in most things won't change.