Is

 

Belief is the death of intelligence. As soon as one believes a doctrine of any sort, or assumes certitude, one stops thinking about that aspect of existence ~ Robert Anton Wilson

Belief “is”… ?

“Is,” “is,” “is”—the idiocy of the word haunts me. If it were abolished, human thought might begin to make sense. I don’t know what anything “is”; I only know how it seems to me at this moment ~ Anton Wilson

Thanks, Robert.

Let’s edit that first one, now:

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Belief seems to be, to me… the death of intelligence.

At least this is the way it seems to me, right now.

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Here’s a relevant Terence McKenna clip (~ 4 min.)

My technique is I don’t believe anything. If you believe in something, you are automatically precluded from believing its opposite ~ McKenna

And four quotations by Friedrich Nietzsche regarding the apparent senselessness of “believing”:

Doubt as sin. — Christianity has done its utmost to close the circle and declared even doubt to be sin. One is supposed to be cast into belief without reason, by a miracle, and from then on to swim in it as in the brightest and least ambiguous of elements: even a glance towards land, even the thought that one perhaps exists for something else as well as swimming, even the slightest impulse of our amphibious nature — is sin! And notice that all this means that the foundation of belief and all reflection on its origin is likewise excluded as sinful. What is wanted are blindness and intoxication and an eternal song over the waves in which reason has drowned.

The belief in authority is the source of conscience; which is therefore not the voice of God in the heart of man, but the voice of some men in man.

It was Christianity which first painted the devil on the worlds walls; It was Christianity which first brought sin into the world. Belief in the cure which it offered has now been shaken to it’s deepest roots; but belief in the sickness which it taught and propagated continues to exists.

Truth will have no gods before it.- The belief in truth begins with the doubt of all truths in which one has previously believed.

What is? Nobody knows. We’re too busy talking about it.