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Certain people* appear to have an integrity which is bound up with a fixed ideology. This seems evident in their honesty and political incorrectness. But might it be possible to have integrity without ideology?
Greenspan on Iraq:
Greenspan on the economy:
An alternative view:
* Ron Paul too?
A belief: “To exist you need an ideology”. Here espoused by Alan Greenspan –
If you can’t ‘exist’ without an ideology – then when it fails you can’t dramatically alter it – you are restricted to merely admitting some of its shortcomings:
The Greenspan ideology: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=az1pRuJzktlk
Truth is an acquired taste. Its easier to spend your whole life honing your skills in proving yourself to ‘be right’ and to put truth firmly aside. Work hard enough and you could become a Grandmaster of self-deception. But even then there will always be small gaps in your armour …
Style is enchanting, but when they are in competition, choose substance. If you can tell the difference.
‘Being Clever’ as a description vs. an ‘identity’. Fight Club scene
If you invest your ‘identity’ in ‘being clever’ (or stake your self-esteem on ‘being clever’), you feel good when you appear clever, but bad when you fail to appear clever. On the other hand, if you don’t identify with ‘being clever’ – it doesn’t matter so much what happens.
(about 50 seconds in)
… the sweetest thing of all … (4 minutes in)
If I were rich, I’d have the time that I lack
To sit in the synagogue and pray.
And maybe have a seat by the Eastern wall.
And I’d discuss the holy books with the learned men, several hours every day.
That would be the sweetest thing of all.
If you are ‘defensive’, there must be some ‘thing’ you are defending – some thing that’s ‘worth’ all that effort to defend. That’s a reasonable inference. Isn’t it?
Comments by Peter Fonagy, Steven Hayes etc. on the ‘ego’ in the movie ‘Revolver’
Slightly longer version: