The Skeptic's Paradox

As far as I can remember (if you can remember in terms of “how far”), I have always had trouble falling asleep at night. Lately, as in the past two years lately, I’ve remedied my insomnia by laying in bed and thinking through scenarios that I might be put in. Most of the time I think about what I would say if someone asked me why I am a Christian, or I play out the medical school admissions process and gather my thoughts on how I would answer some staple interview questions.

Last night I was thinking about watching Gilmore Girls. It was around 12, and I couldn’t fall asleep. So I thought I should just watch Gilmore Gilmores. In particular, I wanted to watch the episode where Lorelai, Rory, and Dean are watching an old sitcom. Lorelai and Rory, however, turned down the volume and created their own suggestive mouth-overs.

I thought about trying that, but then I thought that a lot of people would probably try that after seeing that part of that episode. So I planned that I would skip to the next episode to try that. But then I thought people would skip to the next episode too. And so I would have to skip to the second episode after, but then people would probably do that too. I, the “skeptic”, would continue skipping to further episodes in the hope that I would be the only one to try the mouth-overs on my own episode. Do you see where this is going?

It’s ridiculous because who would ever be that skeptical? Furthermore, why even bother?

One last thought on this. One of the themes I’m seeing in this is that individualism is quasi realistic. A skeptic is someone who doesn’t conform, and thus is individual of the masses. Yet there will inevitably be others who no longer conform, and so they will be individual of the masses as well. Then these individuals will form another mass, and they would lose individualism. It’s another paradox.

I’m probably nitpicking with the definition of individual or individualism, but I think it’s somewhat intriguing. Are we all really that different? Yeah, I would argue that we are, but there appears to be some common substance between all people.

1 comment
  1. Jimi said:

    Huh? Nathan, there might have been other people who voiced over some GG episodes, but you may be the first guy to do it. So be happy in that. Last night I sat at Bible Study and when people talked too much and repeated themselves I made up a scenario in my head. But this was one where a criminal breaks into the room and is gonna stab someone if I don’t do something. I went over probably 20 different ways to stop him till I found the one that put everyone into the least danger. When I couldn’t sleep in bed last night. I made a movie trailer in my head to complete sometime this school year. I thought I was crazy smart to be able to do that as I’m falling asleep. Made a plot and everything.

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