contention

The prevalence of a spirit of contention amongst a people is a certain sign of deadness with respect to the things of religion. When men's spirits are hot with contention, they are cold to religion. - Jonathan Edwards

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Year-end questions: SITH and M2C


"It's impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows." - Epictetus

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Lucy Mack Smith explained how, as Joseph and Oliver neared the end of the translation in Harmony, Joseph applied the Urim and Thummim to his eyes to look on the record. If this is new to you, ask yourself why your sources haven't told you.


https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/lucy-mack-smith-history-1844-1845/100

Oliver Cowdery explained it is a fact that the hill Cumorah in New York is the very hill Cumorah of Mormon 6:6. If this is new to you, ask yourself why your sources haven't told you.


https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/history-1834-1836/90

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Questions to ponder, from an investment blog: https://www.collaborativefund.com/blog/i-have-a-few-questions/

Some interesting questions that will help us develop an open mind.


Who has the right answers but I ignore because they’re not articulate?


What haven’t I experienced firsthand that leaves me naive to how something works? As Jeff Immelt said, “Every job looks easy when you’re not the one doing it.”


Which of my current views would I disagree with if I were born in a different country or generation?


What do I desperately want to be true, so much that I think it’s true when it’s clearly not?


What is a problem that I think only applies to other countries/industries/careers that will eventually hit me?


What do I think is true but is actually just good marketing?


What looks unsustainable but is actually a new trend we haven’t accepted yet?


What has been true for decades that will stop working, but will drag along stubborn adherents because it had such a long track record of success?


Who do I think is smart but is actually full of it?


What do I ignore because it’s too painful to accept?


How would my views change if I had 10,000 years of good, apples-to-apples data on things I only have recent history to study?


Which of my current views would change if my incentives were different?


What are we ignoring today that will seem shockingly obvious in a year?


What events very nearly happened that would have fundamentally changed the world I know if they had occurred?


How much have things outside of my control contributed to things I take credit for?


How do I know if I’m being patient (a skill) or stubborn (a flaw)? They’re hard to tell apart without hindsight.


Who do I look up to that is secretly miserable?

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