Why We Have To Learn To Trust Our Intuition!
Because the reliability of tried and true is falling apart. Who tells the truth? I was just flying from Texas to California and on the plane happened to read the latest issue of The Atlantic Monthly. We used to rely on the media to give us the facts, but in this era of private agendas that is no longer the case. Michael Hirschorn writing an article entitled “Truth Lies Here” cites Patrick Moynihan’s reputed comment that we may be entitled to our opinions, but we are not entitled to our own set of facts. And that is precisely the issue today. Facts are distorted, predigested and repackaged with opinion depending on the source from which one gets them .
For example as Hirschorn says, “ When you enter the realm of politics and ideology, the distinction between opinion and fact starts to cloud, and the stakes become dauntingly high; there is no system of communal “We” to rely on. The reason for this is that somehow we seem to be hardwired to respond to imminent danger and our antennae is always up. Good news is not a threat. Therefore the extreme views such as those of political right and left capture the day, or that we are in the “end times” or that conspiracy theories are alive and well etc.
This becomes even more complicated as “social media” is springing forth as the dominant information provider. For example according to Hirschorn one of the founders of “Christwire” told New York Magazine that People believe anything they read on the internet. When you couple this with the fact that hugely popular Twitter has a 140 character limit, it means that you can make rash statements and not have to back them up. Just send them out as if they were the gospel truth.
In the same issue was another article by David Freedman entitled “Lies, Damned Lies and Medical Science.” The gist of this article is that a large number of medical studies, the kind the medical profession relies on, are in error. They often seem to come with an agenda as researchers frequently chase career advancing findings rather than good science. Dr. John Ioannidis has spent a career going against the grain of his peers in exposing their flawed science. He is what is referred to as a “Meta Researcher,” one of the world’s foremost experts on the credibility of medical research. Ioannidis reckons that as much as ninety percent of the published research is flawed. Ioannidis suggests a simple approach, “Ignore them all.”
But ignoring everything is difficult to do. We all yearn for answers to perplexing questions. In one sense it seems that there is little certainty left. The financial world is unpredictable. The news is biased. In short the people and institutions we once relied so much on don’t seem to be as reliable.
So where do we turn for the truth? My viewpoint is that we have to rely more and more on our own intuition and instincts. We need to get used to looking for inner direction and recognizing both positive and negative synchronicities as clues that we are on the right or wrong path for ourselves. The skeptics might suggest there is no science to back this up, but I maintain that there is more science every day to support this viewpoint. And what are the alternatives?
What is your experience and what do you think?