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When our Views are Contested
When our Views are Contested
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
When writing about contentious issues, it is interesting how angered some people become. I have seen it many times on Hubpages and particularly about religion and politics. Anger can be the response when our beliefs are questioned or contested. Our biases and our openness to new ideas are obvious when this occurs.
As we move through life, our perspective and beliefs change or evolve as we discover truths and experience firsthand what life offers. When we decide that we are this or that, we define ourselves and therefore limit our view. Maintaining an open mind in life is one of the most important advantages. Without it we hold on to outmoded or incomplete ideas.
When religion or politics or any other ideology becomes a dogma, it has virtually resisted any further truth, thus limiting what credence we can afford it as a belief. Truth is always in flux because our perception of it evolves and changes because of our knowledge and experience.
So, when someone questions our belief we become indignant and act defensively. The reality is we are refusing to acknowledge another perspective or perhaps a truth we have not yet considered. The anger is a knee-jerk response, driven by pride and perhaps ignorance. I believe we are all teachers and students of life and people’s varying views can teach us so much about ourselves and life. No-one’s view is worth casting aside out of hand. Balance is always important.
The fervour brought about by religion can be passionate and blinded by the dogma of fundamental belief. Religious leaders often demand adherence to this fundamentalism in detail, governed by rituals and actions that demand single-mindedness and complete surrender to ideals. However, if any religion encourages dissent within society, or the persecution or harm of disbelieves, surely this is a religion of hypocrisy and of no value.
That is why a dogma is of such potential danger. It can encourage people to act immorally, justified by a so-called moral cause. Again this is not a holy act in any circumstance. This is the will of men, not God, advantaging them alone.
So, next time someone puts forward an alternative view about religion or politics or anything else, try to be open-minded. It would be arrogant of us to think that we alone know the ‘truth’ and that no-one else has a clue. We are all ignorant, regarding God, our origins and future. Thinking that our belief is right and another wrong is ridiculous.
I have beliefs that have been the result of over fifty years of life, but not one of them is built in stone. I write about my feelings and ideas not to claim right, but to be considered. Belief is personal and should never be the cause of inflicting oneself on anybody.