If you only have 5 minutes
…forget about this article and read this. Charles puts what I’m trying to say in such a clear and concise way.
Now, let’s begin
The beliefs and values that we hold seem to be very much tied to the people and viewpoints that we most interact with…whether that’s friends, family, teachers, media voices, authors, scientific research papers, TV shows, game experiences, etc.
It can be a positive or a negative but I absolutely believe that if we are to become critically-thinking individuals and a critically-thinking society, we must entertain (not blindly accept) a wide spectrum of beliefs and perspectives.
We will not learn about the true nature of the world from reading just our favorite media source(s), or just one(s) we consider trustworthy. I believe this actually has an opposite effect of blinding us to a narrow perspective, no matter how “trustworthy” the source.
Science is an amazing tool and when interpreted correctly, it brings us outside our very unscientific method of human understanding.
Our intuition is an amazing tool when applied correctly; it can tell us things that science will likely never be able to. Same goes for meditation.
Reading the many perspectives of history is of utmost importance. Otherwise we are attempting to make sense of current events without any sort of map, and we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes.
Understanding how the human mind and perception works and understanding our own built-in blind spots is absolutely necessary in coming to a place of humility in learning.
So today, my challenge is to entertain a position directly in conflict with what I hold to be “true”, maintain a critical lens, be aware of what feelings come up, and reserve judgment until it’s done.
I invite you to join me and for us to continue to engage in this exercise together.
If you have any good material for this exercise, please drop it in the comments. Here’s a few pieces I’ve been engaging with in this way.
Some Interesting Pieces to Try This Out
- Robert F. Kennedy Jr. – My Fight Against Mandatory Vaccinations, Big Pharma, and Dr. Fauci (I think you can view with my email – firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The Harsh Truth – Why So Many Refuse To See It
- Bill Gates and the Population Grid Control
- “Here Are the Innovations We Need to Reopen the Economy” – by Bill Gates
- 600 Physicians Say Lockdowns are a ‘Mass Casualty Incident’
- HCG Found in WHO Tetanus Vaccine in Kenya Raises Concern in the Developing World (ResearchGate)