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Open-Mindedness and Bi-Partisanship September 12, 2007

Posted by earthking in Life, Philosophy, Politics, Religion.
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I have a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and I studied some of the greates minds of all time:  Plato, Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, Bacon, DesCartes, Kant, and others.  One thing that I noticed about the truly great minds, those who were bent on finding and living out the truth about themselves and the universe, is that they not only knew about ideas they personally held, but studied ideas of people they thought were wrong.  Even more interesting, St. Thomas Aquinas could think of better objections to his arguments than his adversaries.  He debated quite frequently and wrote many treatises, and you always find it puzzling how he unravelled ideas that seemed insurmountable. 

 Currently our country is undergoing major rifts on different issues.  I honestly believe that people need to be much more open-minded.  Why?  Because these rifts will never mend until people begin to discuss ideas.  There can be no discussion if there is no willingness to listen.  This does not mean that the other side must be accepted, but at least understand what the other side is about.  

 My father is very liberal, which sometimes makes it difficult for me to visit him.  However, I have found that some of his ideas are actually good.  Yes!  I find some liberal ideas good!  I have learned over the years that no political group has a monopoly on good ideas.  Wouldn’t you agree?  And I also find that more often than not, I can even learn about people through bad ideas.  For example, communism arose primarily because the working class was oppressed.  Whether or not you believe in communism, you can learn from history.  Anybody who is oppressed, or any group that does not feel like it is heard, is vulnerable.  That group feels like there are very few solutions for their situation, so when someone comes along with a BIG solution, they grab onto it. 

 My point is this:  be open-minded, and learn from everybody.  Do not accept all ideas, yet, be open to what others have to say.  Adios for now.   

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