Card messages in the Illuminated position.
(Curious, questioning, pondering, due diligence, specific, detailed, monitoring)
- Healthy questions always reveal deeper truths! Investigation challenges the mind to expand not contract. What is being asserted that causes you to question?
- “It might be” and thus spurs the investigation of the explorer. Now is the time to let questions rather than answers guide you.
Quotes signifying the Overleaf in this pole
- “Every person who has mastered a profession is a skeptic concerning it.” George Bernard Shaw
- “The wise skeptic does not teach doubt but how to look for the permanent in the mutable and fleeting.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense” Carl Sagan
Card messages in the Shadow position.
(Argumentative, doubting, distrusting, enigmatic, undermining, exacting, diminishing, minimizing, interrogating, dismissive, heady, nihilist, sinister, dissection)
- Without trust, there is only suspicion. Good will is lost when you believe the other is lying. Rather than a search for discovery, accuracy or validation, the ruling motive of the shadow skeptic is to discredit. Is their doubt clouding your desire to know the truth? Confront the obvious limitations of fact.
- Wavering on a decision? What are you suspicious of? Don’t stop yourself by not asking the question.
Quotes signifying the Overleaf in this pole
- “A skeptic is a person who would ask God for his ID card.” Edward Shaoff
- “The solemn scepticism of science has replaced the sneering doubts of witty philosophers. The more positive knowledge we gain, the more we incline to question all that has been received without absolute proof.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
- De omnibus dubitandum. “All is to be doubted.” Rene Descartes
- “Science deals [with nature], the only reality of which we have any certain knowledge…Those fundamentalist[s]…who speak contemptuously of science…reveal an astonishing insensitivity to the very world they tell us God created. Granting, then, our prior assumption of a Creator, anyone who criticizes real science is in a direct sense criticizing God.” Steve Allen
Relevance within the Michael Teaching
Of all of the Attitudes, the Skeptic has the most active mind, but not blindly accepting. Some would say this of the Realist but by contrast, he/she must have the most open eyes. They put ideas to the test with intention to find greater accuracy and truth. While the Skeptic questions everything and the Idealist believes in an all encompassing place for everything. When a soul chooses this Attitude, you can rest assured the like the WHO song, “We Don’t Get Fooled Again” is primary on their mind. Credibility of source is a important to the Skeptic; but even then it might not carry the day in persuading them to accept someone else’s proposition. Their focus is somewhat inward, like they are calculating probability.
In contrast to their paired complement, the Idealist who tends to accept ideas at face value; the Skeptic will take the opinion “it might be” and proceed to probe for more information. A Skeptic can have faith in an idea that might seem irrational, especially in the younger Soul Ages. The criteria however must be something that they have rationalized and tend to agree with some world view they already adhere to.
The eyes and eyebrows are particularly featured in the Skeptic, as if studying what is before them. Skeptics often have a look of distrust about them, even a slight scowl. Like Growth, they can have a lined face and furrows on the forehead. However, unlike Growth, the attitude of Skeptic will appear to always be probing for more information to study you so that the lines are that of focus and/or worry. Even though Skeptics do smile, their more natural expression is one of pondering and thinking intensely, this is their natural facial repose.
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The scientific method is the epitome of the Skeptic Attitude. Substantive questions and a willingness to know the facts before completely forming an opinion is the hallmark of a positivistic (to know more) skepticism. An entire school of Philosophy grew from this Attitude with the central premise underlying is a relativistic view of knowledge; that truth is only possible within a range of awareness because not all things can be known or certain. Thus, this Attitude besides being the one that pervades scientific thought is also favored by investigators in law, journalism, and police work. In fact, the entire American system of justice is based upon a related idea: “reasonable doubt.” And instead of innocent until proven guilty, the mechanism in life tends to be reversed, wrong until proven correct.
Because the Skeptic may be strict in his evaluation, this might easily give rise to a person who is unwilling to take a definitive position on anything. Cautious not to be assailed by those who might have a position that might trump their own, this Attitude is prominent in the world of politics and can be heard as vague generalizations from Press Secretaries of any major holder of power. So-called “activist Skeptics” or debunkers tend to be Cynics.
You might Have the Attitude of Skeptic if…
- Even when being polite, you tend to have an inner voice saying “I’ll check this out to verify it.”
- When confronted some declaration of another or by a advertisement, “prove it” or “show me a demonstration” is your credo.
- A person is automatically makes you suspicious when they have too much exuberance or enthusiasm for something.
- Your willing to take someone’s word as long as you know they are credible about which they speak.
- Taking things at “face value” is not your style.
by Stephen Cocconi © 2011-2012
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