LIVING IN THE MIDDLE/MUDDLE
Speaker: Dick Olson
In the late nineteenth century, the self-educated American philosopher, Elbert Hubbard, argued that, "Life is a paradox. Every truth has its counterpart which contradicts it; and every philosopher supplies the logic for his own undoing." Hubbard was right. I am told by B.F. Skinner and his fellow travelers that everything I think and do is determined by my biology and my environment; yet I am told by my Free Thinking friends that they can and should be free to choose their own beliefs and commitments. Some tell me to use my head, while others say listen to your heart or your gut. Some say persevere against the odds, while others say don't throw good money after bad. How do we live satisfactorily in a world filled with massive contradictions?