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Earthdragon

How To Tell If A Teaching/group Is Authentic?

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Ellinas
On 5/5/2020 at 9:49 PM, Earthdragon said:

Could you possibly explain the concept of consistency in your statement below? What is it that needs to be be consistent in reflecting one's current beliefs?

On 5/2/2020 at 7:44 AM, Earthdragon said:

Consistency is no virtue if it does not reflect actual current beliefs and outlook.

 

I think we may be at cross purposes - this may not be the puzzle you seem to take it to be.  You need to read the previous sentences as well

On 1/1/2019 at 3:17 PM, Ellinas said:

Therefore, authenticity and truth are both personal.  Truth is mutable for each individual also, but that mutability is a pre-requisite of authenticity.

I'm not actually focusing on "current consistency".  Rather, my main point is that "truth" is purely subjective to every individual at any given point of time.  What I believe today may be very different to what I believed  yesterday.  Certainly it is utterly different to what I believed around 2 decades back.  It may prove to be very different to what I believe tomorrow.  It is the consistency between those changing beliefs I had in view primarily.  In a logical argument, consistency over time may well appear to strengthen a position - at the very least, differences need to be readily explicable in logical terms, itself an aspect of what may be deemed consistent.  However, if an individual decides to change their belief system, each system may well be as internally coherent as the other, whilst being mutually exclusive and inconsistent.  That does not matter  Consistency over time is not an issue in a purely subjective preference.  Its only force is in terms of whatever reasoning underlies the current beliefs - but that does not exclude coherent reasoning underlying the previous belief system, even though that is inconsistent with the current belief system.

To put it more simply, doesn't matter if you have changed beliefs, however radically or to something that is inconsistent with previous beliefs. However, it is good to have an understanding of why the current belief system is right for you - just as it was good to understand why the previous was right for you at the time.

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