”The fatal tendency of mankind to leave off thinking about a think when it is no longer doubtful is the cause of half their errors. ” – John Stuart Mill , “On Freedom
People spend little of their time thinking about relevant problems of the life. However, in the rare occasions when they allow themselves to get involved in discussions regarding essential concepts such as freedom, happiness or morality, they tend to waver between seemingly distinct opinions. In other words, they lack their own analytical system which might help them settle arguments. Moreover, an even more nefarious circumstance occurs when one agrees with general opinions without analyzing them carefully in order to testify their veridicity.
I think that, whilst it is necessary to be sure of specific things, there are others which eschew the ability of being fully comprehended. Nonetheless, this does not mean that their apparent deprivation of sense cannot lead to a consensus between people who share common views regarding specific topics. Despite the appeal of those things which are unuterrable, I want to talk about those concepts, because they are generally concepts, which seem to be understood easily.
However, those things are sometimes the most problematic, since they offer us a harmful state of relief, caused by the apparent understanding of them. The pernicious consequence is that we have to deal afterwards with a dearth of will to think better about them, to apply them to practical situations or to try to see another points of view. Here I have to make a digression, because I do not want to ignore the matter of the importance of considering all the constituent parts of a problem as well as its opposing view points. A dismissive attitude towards this displays only a state of complacency, so we should not treat it with disdain.
Since my time is limited, I have to end quickly, without the possibility to discuss better this aspect. However, one important thing which I must mention is that we should not fall into a state of ignorance only because we think that we found the true meaning of a thing. The truth might lay beneath the surface and we have to reconsider sometimes our assumptions. On the other hand, this does not mean that every prosaic aspect of life should be thought about, for we most of the times have to cope with a schedule which does not permit us to be trully free. But this is another issue, which will be treated in the future.