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Friday, June 09, 2006


Jeff the Baptist: Theological Epiphanies
Wandering around wikipedia can be interesting because you learn to put names to things you already believe but developed on your own. In some ways it can be very depressing because you learn that "original" ideas you formed all by your lonesome aren't quite as original as you thought. Turns out someone else thought it first. How annoying. Especially since Solomon even beat me to the "somebody has already thought of it" line of reasoning with Ecclessiastes.
Jeff the Baptist here strikes a note that is a big part of why I am a conservative. For the sake of argument, let's say I'm the smartest person whoever lived. (Don't worry; I know I'm not.) Even if that were the case, does that mean I'm more intelligent than the collective wisdom of all the intelligence, reasoning and experiences of all the people who came before me? No, of course not. Their collective wisdom will still be larger than my abilities, and most likely larger than those of most of us combined.

It's for this reason we need to make very certain we're correct and our predecessors were wrong before we change social structures and patterns of society. Quick change can be foolish change; take your time, make sure you know what you're doing. You're not smarter than the collective wisdom of those who came before you.

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