by Jean-Jacques Courtey, Doctor in Economic Geography, Ph. D
Often in life, you can be at a stalemate because of your thinking, and find yourself in entangled situations.
There is a simple rule about that : you can never solve a problem the way it has been created.
So, you are obliged to be more flexible, and cool down first.
In that way, exerting yourself after to think reverse way can expand your consciousness - your awareness would say with fun the filmstar Jean-Claude Van Damme (born in 1960, in Berchem-Sainte Agathe, Belgium).
Of course, you may prefer staying stuck with your own logic - or prefabricated ideology for a politician, man or a woman. It's unwise, but unwiseness is more common amongst human beings than the opposite after all. And the concern for mankind, the good of the people, or supposed altruism, might often be more a catch for voters, than a real and firm inner certitude.
But say you are in the last case, you have everything to win trying to think reverse way in fact.
It's like the famous "Bet of Pascal" (1623 - 1662) about God : you have more to win by betting on his existence during your present life, but also for the very long after-life following unavoidable death.
Moreover, it can help you solving your problems, whatever they affect your couple or the public.
It's also better for your image and then your ego.
Imagine for instance, you absolutely want to pass a shaggy-dog law aiming and striking in fact hard at Foreigners (Eastern Europeans mostly), when God actually didn't ask you anything : you can avoid to find yourself in a ridiculous, inconsistent or uncomfortable situation with your friends, which you may create with your weird morals, by thinking the reverse way and acting differently.
So then, nobody would accuse you to be hiddenly xenophobic, and to talk too well to be convincing with the visible method of words' meaning inversion.
Thus, real morals will be safe, for the contentment of God.
And coming back to the "Bet of Pascal" about God, you might have narrowly escaped the call of the great Void and everlasting problems with him.
In his "Enquiries concerning human understanding and concerning the principles of morals", published in 1748, the Scottish philosopher David Hume (1711 - 1776), is questioning the too easily admitted law of cause and effect, by replacing it just with probabilities.
He is arguing that we musn't be following too easily like sheeps what is said to us, especially when it strikes our good sense. He underlines with originality that if a "blue nuance" was missing in the normal repartition of colours, human beings would certainly be able to feel it and reconstitute it with their natural understanding. So then, he strongly believed in human creativity.
And it is known that Immanuel Kant himself (1724 - 1804), the great German philosopher, admitted to have been terribly influenced by the freshness of Hume's views, for his "transcendental idealism".
Hume's empirist philosophy based on direct experiment, deserves more than ever to be taken into consideration.
Take the present example of "Carbon print" which is used and misused to generate money coming from the pockets of everybody, who noticed that Carbon is a normal and ordinary component of Earth ? It wouldn't come to anybody's mind, for instance, that diamonds have to be destroyed because they are pure Carbon !
About CO2, Carbonic Gas (only 0,033% of our Air), it's the same, it exists because our atmosphere is full of Oxygen (O2, almost 21% of our Air), so essential to our life and survival.
And plants and vegetals can exist on Earth not only because of them, but also due to the very high percentage of Nitrogen in our Air (around 78% ).
And if tomorrow the Sun wants to show its allmighty power to human beings, it can, and nobody will be able to stop or prevent it. And this is true, even if you don't call, or worship it, under its Egyptian name of Râ !
As Jean-Claude Van Damme is making splits for an advertising of Volvo trucks' dynamic steering, the Swedish maker, you can find yourself lead to make splits with your way of thinking.
Life doesn't need to be always a heavy burden. It's certainly not God's wish for human beings.
The research of happiness is surely more natural and obvious in his eyes.
Democracy, whatever the country is a Republic, a Kingdom, or a mixture of both with Republican Monarchy, also means government for the People. Thus, it shouldn't be only a peripheric ambition, as well as tolerance !
The ex-Syrian slave, Publilius Syrus (85 BC - around 43 BC) was saying in Roman time, that "laughing is a mockery at unhappiness". He also said : "Even a single hair has got its shadow !"
Hume's phenomenology can help also in this regard. In an answer about human understanding, he wrote : "There is still one circumstance, replied I, which you seem to have overlooked. Though I should allow your premises, I must deny your conclusion !"