Civilization now depends on self-deception
My message to you is this: pretend that you have free will. It’s essential that you behave as if your decisions matter, even though you know they don’t.
The reality isn’t important: what’s important is your belief, and believing the lie is the only way to avoid a waking coma.
Civilization now depends on self-deception.
Perhaps it always has.
Yet, certainly, the wise learn many things from their enemies; for caution preserves all things. From a friend you could not learn this, but your foe immediately obliges you to learn it. For example, the states have learned from enemies, and not from friends, to build lofty walls, and to possess ships of war. And this lesson preserves children, house, and possessions.
The present theory then must be considered to be a suggested program or framework for future research and must stand ...
It’s saying no.
That’s your first hint that something’s alive. It says no. That’s how you know a baby is starting to turn into a person. They run around saying no all day, throwing their aliveness at everything to see what it’ll stick to. You can’t say no if you don’t have desires and opinions and wants of your own. You wouldn’t even want to.
No is the heart of thinking.