Why are we so attached to ideas? Questioning the validity of ideas/beliefs is healthy. Bias is very real, and ulterior motives can be found on both sides of every debate. If an idea appeals to us, why not question why it is so enchanting. Does it strike some deeper, personal chord that makes us cling to it? Losing an idea isn’t the loss of ourselves. Most of the time, we gain more than we lose; we gain several new perspectives that open our mind to a world of possibilities. Rene Descartes found that he could doubt everything except his own thinking… I used to cling to this idea. How powerful the mind is when everything can be doubted in the world. But I now know that thoughts can be doubted too. Ideas are like a field of flowers. When old ones wilt and die, new ones spring to life. I hope that my ego doesn’t overpower my continuous quest for knowledge, as hard as this may be sometimes.
Being willfully ignorant when facts and information are readily available to you; holding steady onto an idea simply because it is what you think is right and closing your mind to any other possibilities even if there is evidence in their favour is nothing but a result of an unchecked ego. Similarly, intellectual snobbery, or believing that you are superior to others because you had the privilege of circumstances which led you to achieve a certain level of education that others may not have is also a result of an unchecked ego. Neither of these things make an opinion superior to anyone else’s. The only thing one should strive for is an open mind, because an open mind is open to being incorrect and open to new information. How someone can ever think that they are 100% right about something, whether as a result of not wanting to learn more or thinking they have already learned it all, is beyond my comprehension.
This is my mantra: Question, learn, grow.
“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” -Albert Einstein