Seeing is Believing

Seeing is believing? It may be “true,” but what of it?

Truth, to mean anything, would have to distinguish between what we see with the eye and what we see with the mind.
Nearly everything that we “see” is a social construct. Look through a telescope, you see a “star,” or a “moon,” or a “planet.” Only in our own current life times has that come to mean anything related to everyday seeing; but still: look up: and see mythology.

Look at a crucifix: what is it? a dead God? a martyred reformer? an executed criminal? another damn Jew? So much painted lead? a sliver of carved wood?

We see what our culture conditions us to see, modified only seldom and only slightly by our own individual resistance to typing.

What’s that hanging on grandfather’s tree? a dead n- [Bowdlerizing K., 2016 08 03 Offensive terms go dosidos in fashion.]? a lynched rapist? just another scapegoat?

School, church, the newspaper: it’s all devoted to modifying how you see what you see: so what you believe will accord with murdering Asians and controlling Arab oil.

Sentience & Semiotics


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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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