Quote from AzureDuality »Essentially the claim that nothing can be known and that our senses lie all the time, that reason tends to favor our desires. Some people claim that and say they maintain a matter of suspending judgment on just about everything.
They call it Pyrrhonism and try to apply that non judging attitude to all of life. It claims that much of strife is based on human belief and opinions. That when we value what is good we suffer if we don’t have it and struggle to hold it when we do, I’m guessing valuing something as bad works the same way. So by maintaining an attitude of permanent indecision you “free your mind” from worry and find tranquility. Seems somewhat like Buddhism and that religion is pretty large. But I have to wonder how sound that is and whether or not it is practical? It has some points to it though, our senses are easily fooled so why believe them? Reason tends to be influenced by our desires and emotions. Can what we get from such things really be called knowledge?
I find that the entire result of skepticism is not to resolve one's life to reservation because of the problems of absolute knowledge, but to make absolute consideration of absolute knowledge to be mostly irrelevant. Which is to say, it leads the way to a focus on pragmatic knowledge. This is not to the detriment of values but based on them. Without values, there is no meaning to knowledge. There is no meaning to any decision- things just are. But with values, we can craft something purposeful out of the static.
And there are values, because we have them whether we like it or not. We simply can't not have them. It is a condition of the human mind. There is therefore meaning to us, there is a point to trying to make sense of the world and trying to live a fulfilling life in it. If we ignore the perception of values, and say 'how do we know they are there', 'how do we know our mind is there'- we are giving up any hope of meaning, knowledge and fulfillment, only to fulfill a fear of uncertainty and being wrong. It is to give up all positive only because you are afraid of a possible negative.