Belief relies on emotion, knowledge does not
Knowledge is a necessity, belief is not
In order to discern fact from fiction one must know what fact is, obviously, and in order to know what fact is -to be able to recognize fact for what it is, especially when not directly obvious- one must know what the properties are that define fact, obviously.
When one does not know what those properties are, one, predictably, can be made to believe anything, like, say, (corporate) politics to be a very serious business instead of a Punch and Judy Show in which it is promised that "unsolvable problems" will be solved someway, somewhere, in the never arriving future, or, something like, say, invisible reptilians ruling, or trying to take over, the world, or, perhaps, the actual existence of another invisibility; a deity that created/creates everything, governs it, grants wishes, perhaps, when properly sucked up to, maybe, living in the sky called heaven/paradise, where you, when 'his invisibleness' deems the sucking up satisfactory that is, get to live as well, eternally, while "all the others" get to live in eternal fire, na na, na na, naah naah ... no really.
Those with a childish mentality are easily suckered into the promise of a better future that somehow never seems to come to pass or invisible reptilians or a perpetual genieland no one, surprise-surprise, ever came back from to tell us about. Yet, millions and millions appear unable to resist, and are suckered into one of those fictions, into all three even. Good thing then, we've evolved. Imagine if we would not have.
Now, ask anyone what the properties are that define fact - I promise you, right here, right now, something that will come true: the blank stare, most probably your own being the first.
And the crux doesn't even lie with our inability to cite the properties necessary that define fact, per se, it lies with the implications:
a) when we are unable to come up with the answer, then how can we expect, and more importantly, trust, ourselves to discern fact from fiction indeed?
b) it forces us to re-evaluate what we think we know are facts, which we apparently can't since we cannot answer the question.
c) we're stuck in a loop?
Knowledge is the gathering of fact(oid)s
Wisdom is the simplification of them
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