MWP Video 3c: Suppression and repression

Provisionality is the more effective, adequate way to make judgements where we consider as many options as possible. But how do we make that compatible with action? We have to shut off options when we act, but can do so in a way that is either suppressive or repressive., depending on whether or not awareness of alternatives remains available to us. This is a tributary video to number 3 on provisionality.

This is the 15th video in the Middle Way Philosophy introductory course.

Some suggested reflection questions:

1. Think of an example of a necessary suppression in your own experience. How did it help you to act in an appropriate way in the circumstances?

2. Why might suppression be morally necessary?

3. Think of an example of an unhelpful repression in your own experience. What options did it shut off and what was the effect?

4. Did suppression and repression feel different in these two different examples?

Suggested further reading:

Middle Way Philosophy 4: The Integration of Belief, Section 2.h

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