“Boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Boy: There is no spoon.
Neo: There is no spoon? ”
We like the comfort of our beliefs and positions. They are our old friends. We have spent a lot of time coochi-cooing with them, ironing out every annoying crease of disformity. Using the chisel of cognitive dissonance, we have sculpted our mind for maximum fit with the undulations of our container beliefs, like a bonsai plant.
No wonder then, new beliefs and new ways of thought appear unpleasant, and rightly so, need to be extensively studied and checked for contaminants under the torchlight of logic, before sweet, happy uptake. Yet, like John Lennon said “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”, we do not step outside life, the universe* and everything, while we happily evaluate options.
We continue to make choices, execute decisions based on our current philosophies – considered, happened upon, underevaluated et. al.- the only thing common to them is we have grown comfortable to them – and reap the benefits/pay the price for the consequences.
Waiting to commit to a (any) school of thought is in consequence, an endorsement of our subscribed (by default) school of thought (which may not have been subjected to the same rigour to which the new school is subjected). (This is different from the argument by verbal skullduggery that starts with “Atheism is also a religion because it is the belief in non-existence of …” and so on.) There is safety in (default) loyalty to our beloved beliefs, but this safety comes at a price.
The fence is illusory. Do or not do. There is no fence.
* Archimedes said “Give me a place to stand and I shall move the earth”. Change “earth” to “universe”, and ‘Houston, we have a problem!’