a principle applicable to all existing doctrines and human behaviors in development:
- reflect upon the underlying facts and assumptions during a behavior
- specifically, watch for assumptions and lies to yourself (self-deceptions)
- keep a written catalog of all assumptions you have ever used for a specific behavior
- once you detect a self-deception, check whether you have already written it down. If not, write a new self-deception down.
- at any point in time, such as during an argument, check your self-deception catalog.
Writing down a self-deception:
- be absolutely honest about the self-deception
- attempt short, exact and close formulations
Checking your self-deception catalog:
- helps you to be absolutely honest about what you base your behavior (or life) upon
- encourages you to be honest with yourself
- provides a solid discussion topic basis
To do: examples
more thoughts in the dled.livejournal.com archive.
Update: actually, the subject has been much better elaborated upon in the “Letters to a Young Contrarian” by Christopher Hitchens.