Guideline 108

Question everything

Written down by Wesley Lowe at 12/29/2012

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Will it make the world a better place, in the long run, for everyone?

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Why should you follow this guideline:

  • No choices, worldviews, actions, etc., that you make should evade rational thought.
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  • Nothing is so sacred that it is beyond questioning, no belief so well-supported that it does not need any more reexamination. Truth emerges from scrutiny unscathed; only error shows itself in need of correction. And since human history bears witness to the fact that even beliefs thought true for hundreds of years can be overturned by new discoveries, the older and apparently more solid bricks in the structure of our understanding need continual recertification just as the newer ones do.
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What are some interpretations of the guideline:

  • This commandment calls for the questioning of everything that can be profitably questioned, every proposition that has the potential to be replaced with something better. Indeed, this includes these commandments themselves. Any set of rules that is never questioned can only stultify into tyranny, but rules that are continually reevaluated will remain living and vibrant. Likewise, since the new ten commandments are simply general principles that do not prescribe specific actions, questioning will always be required to figure out exactly how they should be applied. No set of rules can ever remove the need for a rational and moral person to think for himself and make decisions using his own best judgment.
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What are some exceptions to the rule:

  • Some things obviously do not need to be questioned. For example: If your friend tells you they had a sandwich for lunch, you have no need to question them. They would have no reason to lie about it, and if they did lie about it, it wouldn't really affect anyone.
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