Original Article: To Use Beliefs or Be Used by Them: THAT Is the Question
Reflection: The article is an excellent piece of writing which highlights that we need to embrace the philosophy of ‘we agree to disagree’ without being offensive though. I believe, being too much on one side does not show your loyality to that ideology but shows your inflexibility to appreciate the varied stream of thoughts and ideologies, whether it comes from literature, sacred text or everyday conversations. If you cannot talk comfortably over a tough terrain, you are just complacent with what is presumed to be tried and tested. If you fail to understand it is not a critique but a meta-reflection/meta-analysis of some ideas which are taken for granted and passed on, for example quotations. You do not want to learn and you do not want to ‘create’ your own world-views while assimilating the other in the conversation and also the other in the topic/belief/piece/person of discussion; therefore helping in no contribution to the knowledge realm at least for yourself. You are not being true to yourself. Who understood introspective and meditation as isolatary processes failed to understand the purpose of it in the first place, though debatable.