Taboo

Taboo – from Tongan tapu or Fijian tabu meaning not allowed, forbidden.

I notice that beliefs come with a taboo. They create a taboo-zone around themselves, and it’s main function is to allow the belief to maintain itself for a little longer.

This taboo has several components.

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The taboo against not knowing

Alan Watts wrote an excellent little book called The Book – On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are. [Full text.]

And one of the sub-taboos here is the taboo against not knowing.

If others are like me, we know – at least somewhere – that we don’t know. I don’t really know anything. Any story is just that, a story.

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