One of the most valuable assets to humanity is difference in opinion, if there was consensus on everything how could there be innovation? Just as a conversation where everyone agrees can fast become trite, without variance in views novel ideas would scarcely formulate; if people were meant to think in uniform why do we have individual consciousness?
Throughout our development we begin to construct our own perspective of the world, an attitude engendered by personal experience and accepted notions. Independent thought and perspective are auspicious to individual advancement, creating an interpretation based on evidence ushers one closer to cognizance. Issues arise when people elect not to follow the evidence and instead continue to foster false opinion, turning away from truth and standing stubbornly by belief. Comfort is often found in discarding validity in favour of faith, yet, inadvertently one is in danger to succumbing to blindness.
Ignorance is the disabler of advancement; in order to grow we must become privy to new information and experiences. If one elects to block certain influences and information from vision, how can they justify their beliefs? Michel de Montaigne expressed the best proof of stupidity is someone stubborn and ardently clinging to their opinion, holding the same view after it’s found erroneous means no rational progression can be made.
Morals and ethics should be cemented into one’s disposition morphing only through periods of rumination and new experiences; an opinion, however, should not be granted the same privilege. Becoming intransigent about beliefs restricts continual improvement, it may be difficult to accept fault, yet, an enhanced outlook will quell initial resentment. By intensely clutching onto an opinion people will find their behaviour out of place in many situations, an inability to openly discuss topics indicates puerility and taints an individual’s character.
Those going against knowledge increase the chance of misconstruing other parts of life, intensifying the possibility of allowing fabrication as fact and permitting specious behaviour. Having an open and objective mind allows access to varying wells of information prompting personal progression, be it tool, technique or philosophy, taking a shred from every experience and moulding an admissible interpretation of existence.
The Perennial Upgrading Process
When presented with new information there are two options, to inquisitively follow the trail of evidence or stay in the ruins to a preserve a memory. It’s best to assume if those of great intellect do something it would be wise to follow. If science and academic estimation changes according to new evidence, wouldn’t it also be best for people to alter their attitude when necessary? Everything known in science is the best estimation to the current audit; if knowledge remained barricaded by previous findings, migraines would still be treated with a chisel to the skull.
For some knowing is a safe haven and when new contrary information comes it can detonate a belief’s foundations, if believers refuse to move their biases will inevitably come crumbling upon them. Keeping an open and independent mind allows the extraction of valid information to be installed as knowledge and applied as wisdom.
Science is impartial but what about the scientists, how does the ego act when their work’s legitimacy is jeopardized? Examining the treatment of Robert M. Schoch by Egyptologists one can observe a pattern; when presenting information and theories alternate to sanctioned opinion, even when backed by evidence, scrutiny is never too distant. When people have built their life around certain assumptions it predicates their value, to admit the validity of a contrary theory is like euthanizing an adored brainchild.
With ample vehicles available to source information it’s propitious to independently investigate, we must too be wary how easy it is to ignore faults when material already nurtures our opinion. It’s better to know the truth than live in a fallacy, for some it’s satisfying to have unyielding views yet ignorance always leads to impairment.
One’s approach to the human experience is shaped by their beliefs and opinions, if they are clinging onto falsehoods a negative effect is ensured. Continuing to hold the same belief after evidence has depreciated the argument shackles an individual’s development. New evidence appears everyday destroying what was thought to be true, one either one can discover a new source of light or dwell in archaic belief.