Entertaining Opposing Ideas May Bring Positive Change

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These last few days have been about resetting after contemplating the state of the world. I have not contributed much to this blog or to any other platform for that reason, but I should be more responsible with my content. I will do my best not to miss too many days. The challenge posed to me recently, again, is that entertaining opposing ideas may bring positive change. 

Entertaining Opposing Ideas
Opposing ideas

As many before me have offered it, I contend that it is an intelligent proposition to entertain different viewpoints without accepting them. 

One of the people arguing against me held the fear of having her mind changed by different arguments and evidence, and she fears this because her beliefs are important to her. Too often, humans fall into this thinking trap involving more feeling than thinking. 

As my friend explained, this trap prevents us from even wanting to look at different possibilities of thought and belief.

Let me ask you the following: What is so frightening about changing your mind? Why should you be afraid to let go of a belief if you know that you can’t agree with it on a critical level?

Be honest as you answer these questions.

Think about it this way: if proper evidence and sound argument show a notion to be insufficient, there is no need to safeguard it. Change is good if it leads us to better states. I must reiterate here that sound evidence and argument are imperative for this change to be in the right direction, and of these two, evidence is the more important one. 

Always ensure you understand what this means.

Let me know what you think. What would have you hold onto a belief even when the preponderance of the evidence is against it?


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