by Bill Joslin
Humans swim in a sea of testimony. Any information we gather beyond local and immediate scale has been gained through the testimony of others.
Because this is akin to the air we breathe we often overlook the drastic impact that testimony plays in nearly all of our decisions, choices, and actions.
If given a truly sincere analysis in this vein, the very foundations of our personal realities may be shaken to a degree that I can only describe as akin to the fear of death.
Coupling this realization with the fraud that our memories often play on us (memory just being self-testimony), the importance of operationalism (in thought and deed) and self-authoring based upon operationalism becomes paramount and weighed second only to our instinct to survive (because information remains a critical component to our ability to survive)
…which is why testimonialism receives such resistance… it cuts through the denial of our ignorance which we like to cover with a venier of certainty.
…oh how deeply we rely upon our trust in others and oh how we like to hide this fact from ourselves…