But we have to rely on others. We can't very well test and examine each and every supposition on which we build out lives. (Btw, sorry still red text, I can't seem to change it...) I'm in science for a living now, and that requires a great deal of trust in the ppl who came before. Everytime you take a medication you're trusting the research that went into it. Everytime you believe something somebody says about anything (friends, colleagues, etc) you're trusting someone other than yourself to tell you something about the world. I guess for me the problem seems to be that I know I have to trust ppl in some things, but that core deception that we suffered as JWs makes trust a really hard thing to manage. And I don't think I'm going to be whole again until I can trust.
If you look at a pizza you could say "It is impossible to eat that; I can't get it in my mouth."
You'd be right. However, if you take one bite at a time the whole pizza will eventually be gone.
It is the same with anything. Taken as a whole nothing is comprehensible. But, one step at a time we can chisel away at that block of granite and eventually end up with Michaelangelo's DAVID. That is how it is done.
It is absolutely necessary you examine your presuppositions.
Trusting people and relying on people is the issue you are raising as rebuttal.
When you are a child you cannot but rely and trust in your caregivers whether they are competant or not.
They may tell you things they believe are true. They may inadvertantly fill your mind with superstitious nonsense. You can't do much about it, can you? No. But, one good thing about reality is this: when it comes crashing down on a belief-system the contradictions become apparent. What you do when you discover a contradiction is STOP and examine the false premise.
There are no and cannot be CONTRADICTIONS in anything which is true. The very second you discover a contradiction you are facing a false premise that must be corrected.
Surely you can see that this is something viable. You can do that; you can stop and question the false premise.
Santa Claus exists? Why do I see so many of them? How does one guy fit in so many chimneys on the same night? ?Contradictions?
The Bible is God's word? Why do so many sincere people find different meanings in the same book? Why the contradictions?
You get the idea. At least stop and ask yourself how contradictions can be resolved.
That takes a devotion to non-contradictory information. It takes a desire and a rational inclination.
Trust without proof shipwrecks people every day.
Trust isn't magic; it is based on information. Information must have facts. Facts must be transparent and not mere opinion or assertion. RESEARCH makes SIENCE reliable. Why? The Scientific Method makes information FALSIFIABLE. No Theory is accepted that is not falsifiable.
Make your trust in people subject to being proved false. Use the scientific method. Make predictions and see if they conform to your information.
Medicine is only medicine if it treats the illness and does more good than harm. It doesn't matter what a doctor or drug company says; the test of falsifiability is the actual consequence of administering it.
So too with everything you trust and believe. IT HAS TO WORK OR IT IS FALSE!