Jejudo, South Korea
'The gods speak to us in signs'
I'm not quite sure what to make of this comment, JP.
"I believe that it is important for us to realize that our own physical and metaphical selves know the difference between honestly liking something and somehow being led to believe we like it (or accept it - isn't part of what we are discussing the difference between acquiesence and true acceptance?)."
--I don't see a problem between acquiesence and true acceptance. If by this you want to distinguish between wanting to like something and what you actually do, I agree. You can want to like something or someone but if you find yourself bored or getting angry, if you're unhappy, if you don't get a kick out of it, that certainly may be a good reason to believe your fooling yourself. While that's certainly possible, I see no reason to privilege this all the time. It may also be the unconscious that needs some conditioning because you keep finding yourself listening and doing things that get you into trouble (the woman who goes out with the 'bad boy' for example).
"Our ego, super ego, and id will determine if we honestly like who or what we are or who or what we are doing, etc. and in turn will pass that knowledge on to our physical self. I feel that the majority of disease (hence the word dis-ease) is a result of our subconscious telling us that all is not right in our world (our internal, emotional, mental, spiritual world)."
--Aren't you just replacing 'the gods' with Freudian psychology here? Why privilege the unconscious except to avoid the responsibility of control and embrace the transcendental secret? I may be wrong but I always thought Frued's work and psychology in general is the attempt to bring a certain order your life through knowledge. If you have a problem, psychology helps you to understand it and fix it, it shouldn't make the decisions for you.
"How can we know if we honestly like something? Our bodies will eventually tell us, our first thoughts upon waking, or our scattering thoughts before sleeping, will tell us."
--Given what I've said above, why do you believe that we even need to know if we honestly like something? It strikes me as odd that people find the time where we have the least control over ourselves as the place where we find our 'true' selves.
--It also happens to be where we are the most susceptible to suggestion.
--I'm not saying we shouldn't listen or read the signs, but I think we should do so for quite different reasons.
--I still believe it's us that invests those signs with meaning, not the signs that invest us with meaning.