10-30-2010, 09:24 AM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Originally Posted by curiouslyrandom
Something that catches my eye while reading through many of the threads on this forum is the absolute certainty by some posters that they are the epitome of correct information, and anyone who disagrees with them is either a) stupid, b) misinformed, c) going straight to hell, or d) all of the above.
It's painful to read those responses. It really is, because it shows how some people shut down and will not accept any opinion other than their own. And you know what? There are over 6 billion different opinions in the world on any topic you can think of. That makes for a wide range of right and wrong.
Shades of gray, people. Lots and lots of shades of gray. In other words, nothing is as black and white as it may seem.
I couldn't agree more; to quote myself from another thread:
Originally Posted by Vibration
Possibly one of the most important things I've learned is to never say never. I've likewise learned that it's dangerous to assume one has a correct understanding of something, since that leads one to automatically dismiss anything that sounds to the contrary. Some of the worst deeds have been done by someone who was absolutely sure they were right when they were in fact not, but no one could tell them so. It's unfortunate that in some, learning can promote closed-mindedness to anything different; this is not understanding, it is religion.
So when I hear people use words like "There is no other possibility", "It cannot be any other way", etc, it renews my commitment to avoid this quicksand-like trap. These are words that slam shut the door of further learning.
Last edited by Vibration; 10-30-2010 at 09:31 AM.