AHA, you followed my little teaser link!! OK! Since I appear to have your undivided attention, please allow me to bore you, at length, about the origins of the title of this blog.
Let me preface this by saying that this is a living document. As my understanding about how our freaky little minds work improves, I will also update this document to reflect any new knowledge I acquire. I also welcome any suggestions for improving this and any other document in this blog in The Suggestion Box. And now, on to the meat and potatoes!
To start off with, Subjective Objectivism is little more than a catchy phrase I made-up. The fact that it sounds psychobabble cool (and will be a tongue-twister for some) had a lot to do with it becoming the title of this blog, though I don’t think it has any meaning beyond what I’ve given it here. I’m sure the definitions of subjectivity and objectivity may have many different flavors to everyone, and the term “subjective objectivism” may seem contradictory (or appear outright oxymoronic) to others. However I feel that it adequately reflects my views and philosophy of life. And I’ll tell you why. (As if you had a choice…)
I believe that objectivity, the ability to view things in a logical and unbiased fashion without influence by ones emotions, is very important to truly understanding the world around us. Our emotions can make us dishonest, illogical and/or irrational. In fact we can become downright barbaric, given the right emotional impetus. Thus training ourselves to think in a purely objective fashion can help us distinguish between those thoughts and actions that are motivated by a possibly flawed emotional trigger, and those that are not.
But there is a caveat. Being human beings, we are internally biased towards subjectivity. We are wired, part and parcel, to our emotions. So pure objectivity is not attainable. Nor do I think it would necessarily be practical or even desirable. If you could learn how to become a purely objective creature, you might be able to avoid anger, sorrow, pain, disappointment, fear and many other negatively perceived emotions that we, as humans possess.
However you would also have to leave behind those emotions we perceive to be positive, such as love, compassion, happiness, etc, because none of these emotions, good or bad, could have a place in a purely objective mindset. Not so good I think. I tend to like watching cartoons, (make of it what you will) and I personally feel my existence would be meaningless without emotions to enjoy them with. Maybe. OK. I’m exaggerating. But hopefully, you get the point.
So then, what is the solution? Well, here’s where (imho) subjective objectivism comes into play. My belief is that the solution lies in sifting all of your (often subjective) thought processes through a filter of objectivity. Understanding yourself, understanding what triggers your emotions, and understanding the underlying thought processes that pull those triggers, will allow you to dissect them, and properly determine their validity, before you act on those emotions. This is what I refer to as subjective objectivism. Yeah. I know. Sounds complicated. Easier said than done. I can’t disagree. But If you fancy giving it a go, I have some additional info that may help here.
Thanks for reading!!