(Not) Open For Discussion

This post is for any thinking man/woman who enjoys open-ended discussions about various topics.

One of the greatest joys I have experienced during my time at college has been the free dialogue about subject material covered during class. It has always been a pleasure to hear the thoughts and ideas of my colleagues and mentors while being able to interject my own into the mix. In my opinion, especially when discussing matters of faith, that dialogue can be one of the most useful tools in the process of hammering out one’s own beliefs theories and opinions. To quote Proverbs 27:17- “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” This is the ideal collegiate experience in a nutshell. Together, the educated and experienced persona of a culture come together through discussion to form the intelligentsia.

However, this respectful exchange of ideas becomes grossly manipulated into a despairingly one-sided struggle when one’s haughtiness clogs his/her heart and ears. At this point, pride so encumbers learning that even the most clearly careless conjecture is unshaken in the presence of truth. Amidst such culpable conversation, what is the most profitable form of action? Silence – to discourage the speaker from imposing fallacies without accepting critique? Or is it best to speak the unwelcome truth – in hopes that it might fall upon those perceptive ears and minds mixed in with the arrogant?

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If this dismal result in personality is the consequence of age and education, then do I really want to consider myself a part? Or are the few open minds and willing hearts of the intelligentsia a clear enough beacon of hope to be sought after?

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