12 June 2011


A.  Everything bagels are the best bagels.
B.  The following quote expresses as well as anything the idea of prejudice in the work of Hans-Georg Gadamer.
 ”Perhaps, too, as difficulties are of two kinds, the cause of the present difficulty is not in the facts but in us.  For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.”  — Aristotle, Metaphysics α.1, 993b10
We are blind to everything that is most obvious, while derivative truths point implicitly toward what we’re missing—but we still miss it.  This observation is the basis of a large amount of psychoanalytic work.  A person’s inability to trust that others will remain friendly toward him in the long run may be based on instabilities in the home or a lack of stable relationships in early childhood, etc.  My intolerance of intolerance does not look like intolerance because I don’t have a sufficient grasp on the structure of my own beliefs.  Thus my hypocrisy might be obvious to anyone else, but escapes me entirely.
C.  An excessive attempt to justify oneself on points that have barely been touched upon generally indicates a lack of security in one’s own position.  However, pop-psychological rules like this one are irritating in practice because they allow people to make extremely unsubtle snap judgments about the thoughts or motivations of others in conversation.  The easiest mistake to make when attempting to peer into someone else’s psyche is to forget that their mind has to be at least as self-conscious and complex as your own.
D.  Soft cheeses melt at lower temperatures.  Sharp cheddar is better.