Re: virus: Doubt

Brett Lane Robertson (
Sat, 01 Nov 1997 23:26:42 -0500

At 10:19 PM 11/1/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Hi all;
>Brett (I think) said:
>> Pending a metaphysic of "doubt" (which would place it as a Platonic
>form or
>> a negation of reality), I could accept your definition...but think
>> "doubt" must originate--spiritually--from opposition to truth and not
>as a
>> necessary component of it.
>NO NO NO... "Where there is doubt, there is truth -- 'tis her shadow!"
>Let me ask you this -- who would you trust to have a firmer grasp of the
>truth -- a fanatic who *insists* s/he is ABSOLUTELY right (no doubt) or
>a quite wo/man who says "I've got this little idea here... not sure it's
>Me, I avoid people who are absolutely sure of themselves and their
>truths -- they are most often the most deluded!


Eric's eyes decieve him. I am talking a *metaphysic* of doubt, not a social
justification for it. Of course, truth can exist in the quiet person who is
not sure, it could also exist in the fanatic who has no doubt. But, ideally
truth contains no contradiction...and therefore no doubt (except that doubt
is either a Platonic form or a self-justified negation of truth--the second
being just as true in the negative form as the positive). While I will
accept the Platonic form and/or the self-justified form as arguments against
my statement--with support--I will not accept the social justification!



Our policy is, when in doubt, do the right thing.

Roy L. Ash, ex-president Litton Industries