All the things we assume true (but actually are not true—or at least cannot be proven) are buried fundamentally in what we bring to any discussion. Because of this we are always vulnerable to being seen as less than able to support our entire position—as well as blind to the other person’s position.
When we are not fully committed to vetting what we think is true, we reduce the chance of ever hearing another person’s point of view—or even being accurate in our own.
Relying on, or believing in, what we assume to be true is perhaps the biggest danger of all.
The best laws are those that protect us from our own blindness as well as the blindness of others.
Given that laws are created by the fundamentally blind (being human), it takes great vigilance, patience, insight, time and wisdom to get to a place where all are equally protected—but mostly it takes willingness.
It also takes understanding that all our human endeavors are works-in-progress and no “past” or “future” can tell us what is necessary in the “now.” In their own limited ways, I think our Founding Fathers were interested in this.
There is a kind of tyranny in a reliance on the past. This tyranny forces us to repeat the past over and over.
Even rats eventually stop going down the same tunnel after the cheese.
Happy 4th of July!
Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
***Originally published in Stories Written Stories Told