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When our Views are Contested

Updated on January 16, 2013

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.


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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Kind words Suzette; I appreciate it. I hope you continue to enjoy my offerings. Have a good day.

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      Suzette Walker 6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very well written and said. Your article should be required reading for every hubber before they hit the comment section. I have not been a part of, but I have read some pretty heated back and forths in the comment section. I guess those fifty years have given you some wisdom. I agree, we are all teachers and we are all students. I've learned a lot in the short time I've been a hubber. Keep writing! You are good!

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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks again WB. Thanks for reading and connecting

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      W. B. Isley 6 years ago from Monett, MO

      A very cool perspective. I have been a spiritual seeker for several decades myself. I also choose not to have any beliefs that are set in stone as I may find something that can change them at any time. Most likely I'll find a higher understanding of something that I already believe. There is always more to know, and more to learn, no matter what I have already found.

      Dogma has been responsible for many things that gave a power elite many advantages and none to the followers.

      Once again, great perspective. Thanks for writing about this stuff.

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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      You're right Muldanianman, belief is a personal thing and no-one has the right to say that it's wrong. We are free to believe what ever we wish. It is when beliefs are inflicted on us in some way, that I disagree. Freedom is an important aspect of life. Thanks for reading and your comment.

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      Muldanianman 6 years ago

      I have always found myself in the position of supporting the person who needs to defend their beliefs, even when I don't share their beliefs. As an atheist, I can get very angry with what I see as primitive religious beliefs, and the fact that people who hold them believe they have the one true truth, and that everyone else is wrong. However, when I see such people being attacked for their beliefs, I will defend them, because no one has the right to dictate to people what they should believe, whether they be relgious or atheist.

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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for reading Terri, and good point. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

      Thanks to you too d.william. Glad you related.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Wonderful article. If we say it enough, maybe it will start to rub off on some of those closed minded people who can not see beyond their own noses. Good job.

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      Terri Meredith 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Very astute. There's another reason why some folks become self-defensive and angry. Often such emotions are a result of uncertainty, so when another comes along and presents questions requiring an answer,the first person feels threatened. Religion is a touchy subject simply because most of the teachings must be followed on faith, alone. When the subjects want to be faithful, but find themselves uncertain, it can be very difficult to deal with those who are asking for proof, or stone cold evidence. Thumbs up!