True Believers

March 18th, 2013 | By

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One of my friends has read all the great books. Obviously it took him a minute to get through them. I have endeavored to do the same thing and have been loving it.

I just finished reading Descartes’ Meditations on First PhilosophyIt’s usually considered the foundation of modern philosophical thinking. It’s all about Descartes’ preoccupation with the idea that he has accepted many things as being true since he was a child. As an adult, he realizes these beliefs could very well be false. If his fundamental views of reality have been false he’s in trouble because everything else he’s learned has naturally been based on those assumptions. Everything he believes could, therefore, be false.

These types of questions are what drive me to create music. I’m constantly interrogating my own beliefs, and I’ve always been that way. I need to believe something in order to move forward. Being a true believer is a beautiful thing because it sustains a person, but it’s also dangerous because it can blind. It has clearly helped me achieve certain objectives in life but it has also set me up for failure with others.

Descartes is considered one of the greatest thinkers/scientists/philosophers of all time, and even he was aware that he could be wrong about many, if not all, of his beliefs.

I could be wrong, too. And, that sucks to think about. But the music I write helps me deal with that uncertainty sometimes.

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