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Part III: Paradoxical Principle #3 > Be Wary of Your Dogma

Chapter 20. Be Wary of Your Dogma

“The surest way to lose the truth is to pretend you already possess it.”

—Gordon Allport

Most people hold their truths to be self-evident. This belief can be dangerous because it is a dogmatic belief. Dogmatic believers believe they possess the truth and do not want to lose it by investigating new ideas. “Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.” (Emile Chartier) If believing is seeing, then the way you see things is the way you see things. Everyone does not see things the same way you do because everyone does not have the same beliefs. Truth is what you can get other people to believe or what other people can get you to believe. In this game of persuasion, Culture Against Man author Jules Henry said, “Truth is that which is not legally false.”


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