love and heretics

It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness

The value of opposition


“One hallmark of intellectual honesty is the solicitation of opposing points of view.”  ~Tom Clancy

“Unless we are gagged and blindfolded by preconceived ideas, all worthwhile encounters change us in some important way.”~Athol Dickson

“If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions. ~Author Unknown

“He who cannot put his thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of dispute.”
―Friedrich Nietzsche

“You must be able to say “I understand,” before you can say “I agree,” or “I disagree,” or “I suspend judgment.”  ― Mortimer J. Adler

“It is only through dialogue, deep listening, and passionate disagreement that we find our way to something larger than a singular and isolated point of view.”
―Henry Kimsey-House

“If I do not agree with something or do not like something, it will be wrong to presume that I hate it. Presuming disagreement or dislike to be the same as hatred is stifling engagement. Disengagement leads to otherness, which leads to fear, which in turn leads to real hatred. Either we tolerate disagreement and dislike or we have to tolerate real hatred. The intolerance of disagreement is filling civil society lexicon with phobias each of which is leading to a disconnect, to another closed door. It may sound odd but only tolerance of disagreement demolishes walls. Doors and windows, open or closed, presume that there exists a wall, a wall created by intolerance. And doors and windows, if they exist, are closed too easily, at the slightest of pretexts.”
― R. N. Prasher

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.” -Harper Lee

“One must dig deeply into opposing points of view in order to know whether your own position remains defensible. Iron sharpens iron. ” -Francis Collins





  1. Do you think there are views we can dismiss without having to delve deeply into them? Life is too short to be spent trying to read everything we disagree with! I don’t have time enough to read what I agree with in the first place.

  2. Hee… I disagree. 😉 But the point is more of the allowance of thoughts that do not match our own, a being willing to subject ourselves to other ideas than what we already know, or believe to be truth. Of course some things can be more easily dismissed in a probability /possibility scale and at the very least placed in order of importance. (which would include levels of personal interest.)

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