Recently, I have been thinking about my purpose in life. Unfortunately, I do not have an answer to the million dollar question of: “What is my reason for being?” Actually, I am not even looking for it, to begin with. What I am focusing on are things I am good at and things that I enjoy doing.
Since I have always enjoyed studying human psychology, I enjoy engaging in in-depth conversations with people. If you knew me in real life, you would know that I can play the devil’s advocate quite well. You would know that I like arguing. But not the heated, emotional arguing. The passionate, yet cool kind. To me, it is all about seeing a different perspective. Getting to know things that you have not thought of before.
Being a fan of philosophy, I decided to look into some things Aristotle said. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” As much as I like the quote, I cannot give credit to Aristotle for it. Even though the Internet claims those are the words of that philosopher, in fact, only half the quote is his. The other is not.
So as not to go into a “he said, she said”, I choose only to focus on that precise quote.
Those of you who are slightly interested in politics should have heard about the Mueller report and the end of the investigation. I will not ask you what you think about the results (Although, you are welcome to share them. Free speech, etc.). However, I would like to discuss my thoughts regarding people’s reactions to it. Mainly, the conclusions did not sway anyone. Those who believed in A still do. Those who believed in B, still do.
It made me realize a bigger problem. I have said it many times before, but I miss being able to debate any and everything. Many people feel strongly about certain things, but not many people enjoy actually discussing them. It seems as if the only goal of a conversation is to convince the other party of your truth. But that is not always the case. Sometimes people just want to talk. To hear their ideas out loud. To test them. To hear other people’s opinions. To test those. To combine the truths into a universal one.
People think that they should not get into debates with others who have opposing views, because they will not change their minds. While I understand that not everyone is always up for a debate, I would like to assure you that conversations are good. Rest assured that you can listen to what I have to say and at the end of the day, still disagree with me. I will not think less of you if you do decide to change your mind. In fact, that is something that rarely seems to happen anymore. But the most important thing to me is being able to “entertain” a specific idea. Being able to look at it objectively. It is possible to stand by your views and still admit to understanding the reasoning behind other person’s opinions. That is something I crave most of all in an exchange of arguments. More than proving that I am right. More than changing other people’s minds.
Chances are that no matter how much I disagree with you, I will see why you think you are right. I ask that you do the same. I promise not to think less of you if you listen instead of just saying “no”. In fact, I will respect you all the more.
P.S. Has anyone noticed post scheduling time acting up? I chose the same time I have been using for the past three months, yet all of a sudden, WP decided that it would post two hours later than I scheduled it for. I am glad I caught it in time to publish the post when it was intended.
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