Thursday, 4 March 2010

Overcoming relativism: moving from doubt to self-reliance (Part 2 of 4)

In the field of work, you probably know more sceptics that you care to count. Those are the sort of people who constantly ask themselves if they are on the right track, if they have chosen the right career, if they are working for the right company, or if their contribution makes any difference.

Since sceptics lack rational criteria to judge people, they tend to make a mess of relationships. For them, each individual possesses virtues and vices more or less to the same extent. They are as reluctant to admire a hero as to condemn a traitor. In their eyes, you can never be sure of a man's qualities.

If you are planning to invest your savings, do not expect sensible advice from sceptics. They will question your motivation to achieve financial independence and point out that nobody can predict the future with certainty. They will warn you about risks, raise doubts about opportunities, and remind you of past mistakes.

When it comes to health matters, sceptics will flood you with contradictory statistics. For them, every medical theory has two sides, the doubtful and the uncertain. They are the sort of persons who try out conflicting diets and obtain changing results. If they are sick, they follow opposing treatments, just in case, since nobody can be sure.

To be continued in Part 3


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