Not rejecting the abstraction for its generality.
Sheila L Plank
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Well, here’s part of the issue: A person can be wrong even if a correct alternative is not known. This involves admitting and being aware of the limits of our own understanding, and it’s not only OK but actually healthy to say, “I don’t really know.”

So here’s a illustrative anecdote. One time I was talking to a friend who spends most of her time traveling in LGBT circles. She mentioned that straight men like me never worry about making themselves attractive to women, which you might imagine was a pretty damn big proposal. In a world of Axe body spray and conspicuous consumption intended specifically to attract women — factors unconsidered in her theory, of course — my friend honestly believed men never give such attractiveness a thought.

Why would she believe such a thing? Because the belief was consistent with a world view she’d internalized, while alternative, more real world proposals were rarely raised in her circles. Had she taken the time to examine this proposal more critically even without an alternative argument she might have even followed the thread back to examine other elements of that worldview.

And it all begins with admitting, “I don’t really know.”

The theories you express above come across the same way. I see a lot of assumptions that I’m sure are consistent with and convenient to your worldview, but I don’t see much basis for them outside of their worldview-confirming qualities.

But that’s the danger of getting lost in abstraction.