Way of Thinking

I used to think that I should make up my mind and decide on certain beliefs. That these beliefs are cherished and that I should stand by them no matter what. I have recently realized that even if you have these so called "cherished beliefs", you should be willing to hearing what other have to say. We should be open to different ways of thinking and to seek out and be guided by evidence and knowledge that fits withing reality. Even if it opposes these cherished beliefs of ours.

You see the thing is that beliefs should not be cherished but held onto until they can be proven to be incorrect or unfounded. That's when a change of position would be the appropriate response rather than trying your best to contend that change. I have seen plenty of people who refuse to acknowledge changes that happen around them and strictly hold to what they believe to be correct. This kind of reaction only leads these people to arrogance and to become oppressive. Leaping to flawed conclusions because you can not tolerate the ambiguity of not knowing might lead to comfort but it also prompts ignorance and false conclusions.

People should thrive to keep themselves properly informed about certain subjects rather than accept information given to them as is. They must be skeptic and suspend their judgment about certain claims until they think they've tackled the issue from multiple angles and that they are able to make an educated decision. People should be able to fully listen to, understand and, appropriately, accept others philosophies and ideologies. Curiosity helps people widen their perspective and widen their knowledge. I'm not saying that people should not argue with others because as you maybe be inclined to accept their ways of thought they should also be open to changing their perspective towards things.

We should be eager to acquire and apply the best knowledge and reason in all field and to be able and willing to acknowledge and correct flaws in our own thinking to become better equipped to create more profoundly effective solutions to the challenges we face each and everyday.

There is my corny post of the year.

Happy New Year :)

Toilet Humor

I am really amused with what happens in the couple of minutes when someone enters and exits a public bathroom. It starts off with the person ahead of you exiting the bathroom, a quick exchange of looks occurs and you study the guy. Yes, in these split seconds you turn into this Freudian philosopher and  memorize everything about this person, how he looks like, what he was wearing, whether he broke the eye contact by looking at the floor or ahead of him, I mean everything. And then you somehow make a small judgment about this person. Now that whole studying occurs for one reason, and one reason only; to blame him if you go in after him and you find that the place looks like someone died there.

Now if you go in to the toilet and find that the place was clean and as good as new, you instantly erase everything you just saved about this person as if it never happened, because let's get real, you expect a clean toilet and he just kept it up to par. But if you go in and find a mess, you spend every agonizing second just swearing at the guy, blast out at how he left it in that state. As you maneuver around the toilet trying your best not to touch anything, he instantly becomes the villain, your archenemy, everything you hate. You finally leave the bathroom to find that someone else is waiting for you to finish. You exit quietly still cursing the stars and as you finally make your way out it hits you; you're the villain for this guy who just entered in after you! You feel like turning around and explaining to the guy that it wasn't you and want to detail the real culprit, but to no avail. You are this persons culprit. Some people do actually go ahead and try to let the person behind them know it wasn't them by saying something like "Woah, I wouldn't go there if I were you, someone made a complete mess". But lets get real, it never does work now does it.