Originally Posted by Acting Like Godot
Whether your actions display effort, consistency or any other attribute essentially depends on your thoughts.
For all your actions arise from your thoughts.
I don't doubt your experiences- on a deep level I could actually believe in IM on a very real basis. I can see the frustrations of those who follow IM and see it's benefits, only to be questioned by those having difficulties applying it fully. It's like a tug of war, with resistance from non believers and the best efforts of the followers often falling on deaf ears.
Rather than saying that it's about the "uneducated" casting aside doubt (which I agree it may well be), one could also argue- without implying a duty or obligation on anyone, that it is the responsibility of the followers, should they wish to engage in lens changing of whatever description- to communicate the message in a way that adds clarity to the majority, rather than confusion.
Again, objectively and casting aside conspiracy theories- does it help that there is so much conflicting viewpoints out there on health? Chocolate is good/ bad for you? Just do what you feel is right? Do what makes you feel good? Exercise/ don't exercise? Often what people believe is not what is true but the idea that sounds the most scientific/ logical/ "believable".
People do look to science. Yes, there are the open minded, but going back to the OP I feel it is scientists that will enlighten us- not because they are better- but because people are trained/ brainwashed to trust them more than say new age thinkers.
So we have on a PD website what amounts to a muddying of the waters and confusion. The end result of this confusion is often "Do what feels right"- but while this sounds an enlightened thing to say, there is still no proof this will be the right option (by the right option, I mean the one most likely to lead to success and happiness) in the long run.
So until the communication on some of these ideas gets to a level where a critical mass feels it is sensible to suspend their beliefs and try something new, no clear answers are being put forward. Instead vagueness and non clarity lead the way. I've also noticed a tendancy for people to jump on the bandwagon. Steve tries SR- all of a sudden it's a great model for viewing reality. But is all this chopping and changing of ideas really helping people long term? What happened to TLP? I am not suggesting that the likes of ALG give up their good work- indeed it is important if they are right that someone finds a way to deliver the message in a crystal clear way to swing the verdict. As a lawyer, I'm sure ALG will understand the point. If the message is not delivered clearly and the minds cannot be opened in the first place, then doubt is all that can remain. Doubt leads to a lack of clarity, and a lack of productivity- not good for anyone- especially not good on a PD site. The dividing line between the exploration of the yet largely unknown and the sure fire down to earth ways of getting results have become very blurred in all areas across this forum.