Reaching Objectivity: Can we Humans ever attain it?

Here’s a goal worth shooting for!

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

We humans are subjective creatures.  We evolved that way out of necessity.  The world which bore us is insufferably complex.  To adapt and survive in its often harsh environments, we had to think and react quickly.  We rely on intuition, pattern recognition, and other intellectual shortcuts to expedite our decision-making.  We perceive everything around us through our physical senses – what we can see, hear, smell, taste, and feel;  and, we internalize these sensations into our personalities – our beliefs, hopes, dreams, fears, and all the other mix of emotions that make us unique individuals.  The time-consuming practice of deep thought was a luxury reserved for a select few – tribal chiefs, elders, wise men, spiritual leaders, and the like.

For most of our existence as a species, these cognitive processes were sufficient.  Hunter-gatherers led simple lives.  We were wholly focused on eating, sleeping, mating, and…

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