Mined from the notebooks, Thursday, May 11, 2017.
Another very short essay.
I know you know this. But your confreres online don’t seem to know, and it’s up to me to set them straight. So you can relax. I’m not talking to you. I’m talking to them. Telling them things they ought to know but don’t. Things you and I know as a matter of course. But consider this.
We all know things we don’t actually know. That is, when the moment calls for it, knowledge we called on just the other day, deserts us. It just doesn’t figure in our thinking. Our feelings crowd it out. We feel rather than know, and what we feel is the way we’d like the argument to go or need it to go. We feel our own right-ness and righteousness. We know we are right because we feel we are right. That’s what it comes down to. We know we are right even if the facts are against us. And when that happens, we treat that “knowledge” as fact and continue arguing from there.