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May 29, 2007

In a previous blog I described a mental disorder I called Personal Infallibility Syndrome (PIS). But I would suggest that there is a different form of this disease which can be just as dangerous, precisely because it is seen in most societies as somehow more respectable in nature, but the results are in fact equally destructive, if not more so. I call this External Infallibility Syndrome (EIS). The difference between the two is that EIS has the person attribute infallibility to something outside himself, thus making him appear humble when in fact he is being arrogant. Religious fundamentalism is the most common form of EIS. If this preception is correct, then that would explain why many people who profess Christianity, Islam, or some other religion that preaches moral ideals end up violating those very ideals in the name of their religion.

Both EIS and PIS are false by their very nature, regardless of the supposed object of the precieved infallibility. If one assumes that something or someone else is infallible or inerrant, then that immediatly cuts off any possiblity of one recognizing errors that may actually exist in that object or other person. It generates contempt from those who can see the errors, and results in extreme conflicts between people who see infallibility in different things or persons if those things or persons contradict each other!
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Posted: Tuesday May 29, 2007, 1:00 am
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Tuesday May 29, 2007, 1:43 am
In my mind, any kind of fundamentalism, religious or political suffers from this dis-ease.

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Sunday August 10, 2008, 5:16 pm
COULD NOT AGREE WITH YOU MORE DALE AND ITS RAMPANT HERE ON C2..NOT HARD TO SPOT EITHER LOL !

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