I don’t know what to call it. It’s such a lame name for a post, but it communicates it enough.
The more education I receive – and it has been alot – the more I realize this principle. The deeper I get into my studies and research, the more open I am to learning and accepting more and newer ideas. It solidifies my core beliefs. I am even more secure in what I believe, and I think it’s that security that allows me to explore other ideas. I just keep assimilating more ideas, and it keeps solidifying my core beliefs. The openness does not make me waver, it gives me a deeper and wider appreciation for what I am learning.
It reminds me of Kohlberg’s post-conventional stages where different opinions and rights are respected and valued. It doesn’t necessarily sway me, but it allows me to respect an opposing position.
It helps to read opposing viewpoints. I know it sounds so simple, but it is not easy to do. There is maturity in having the ability to suspend judgment while reading and studying something. It’s a skill that needs to be developed and consequently, it will lead you to much deeper insights into who you are and what you think.