The Limitations Of ManEvery man, all men, suffer from certain limitations. It is important to recognize and accept them.
Perception is limited to the five senses. Whatever we know of reality is what we detect with one of our five senses. There is certainly no basis for concluding that we can percieve all that exists. In fact, there is no basis for concluding how much of what exists we can detect. It could well be that we can only detect a very small portion of what is.
Free will can lead to error. Man has the complete freedom to form whatever judgements he desires. He is not limited to fact. He is not limited to reality. He is not limited by any constraints whatsoever. Man is free to believe whatever. Man is free to form opinions and beliefs about whatever he chooses. Thus free will can and does often lead to error.Once man allows himself to believe something then it becomes increasingly harder for Man to accept that he is wrong. The more people that believe something, the increasingly harder it becomes for mankind to accept that it is wrong.
On the other hand, Man is perfectly equipped to avoid error. Man is blessed with intellect. Intellect arms Man with the ability to deman proof for his beliefs. Intellect arms man with the ability to control his free will. Intellect allows man the ability to withold judgement and remain open minded unless and until something is proven to be true, Man can limit his judgement to only those things that are consistent with reality and that cannot possibly be false. On all other matters, man can withhold his decision unless and until he has all of the facts.
Man suffers from emotions. Man has certain emotional needs that drive behavior. Often this behavior is irrational and inexlicable. Often this behavior is dangerous. If something makes a Man feel a certain way, then Man is much more likely to accept it. Thus, if reality seems threatening or scary or intimidating, Man is less likely to accept reality. These emotional needs leave Man exposed to unsrupulous manipulation. If I tell you something that makes you feel safe, protected, loved, etc, then you are far more likely to accept it than if I tell you that we are all alone, on our own, and that the Universe is a random and dangerous place. Emotional needs can and do distort our understanding of reality.
There are other signifcant Limitations of Man, but I am mainly concerned with those that create errors and that cause men to hold beliefs and judgements that are NOT supported by fact and that may be false.