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Point to consider

"An idea only has power over you if you believe it."

Agree or disagree?


Apr. 11th, 2005 11:11 am (UTC)
Depends on what you consider "having power" to be.
Apr. 11th, 2005 11:41 am (UTC)
Right. An idea certainly has considerable indirect power, if anyone who does believe it has the power to compel you to their will.

Apr. 11th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)
But then those people have the power, not the idea itself. That's important because the idea becomes open to interpretation—witness what happened when a few fanatics got hold of the ideas of Islam, for example.
Apr. 12th, 2005 12:46 am (UTC)
And so, the word 'indirect'.

I'm a little confused; under what circumstances is an idea not open to interpretation?