There are two kinds of people in this world now.
Those who are willing to hear the truth.
Those who only want to her what they want.
We are now steeped in times of ferocious cognitive bias.
If you want to help people, to share information and give them some insight based on your experience so that they can delve in to a topic so that their own conclusions can be reached, you’re now evil.
The levels of offence of butt hurt that engulfs is quite something to behold.
Personally I’ve always enjoyed the “Triple Filter” test of Socrates.
– Is it true?
– Is it good/kind?
– Is it useful?
I tend to approach a lot of things I hear with this.
The first is often answered like this “Umm, I don’t actually know 100%.”, this is more than enough to peak my interest and delve a little more.
It is worth noting there are very few infallible truths in this life, the best we can hope to settle for is 98% certainty.
Holding on to a healthy dose of skepticism will get you a ing way in life because of the passion to learn.
If you’re content with what you know then you’ll stop growing.
The second question comes down to the style of information it is, essentially is it trying to genuinely oppose an opinion/thought/fact in a respectful way or is it nothing more than fluffed up slander?
Any that fall in to the latter will get asked this –
“Why did you say it that way?”
If there is a personal or emotional bias in it then the information is tainted, while not entirely dismissed it’s worth keeping in mind there may be a potential agenda behind it.
You should be able to represent a point or counter view respectfully, without emotion.
Sadly pure logic and rational though is not common.
Lastly, will the information help challenge you to grow, that to me makes it useful on a personal level.
In a general sense it can be related to completing a task, solving a problem or generally being useful.
A few closing words.
If something provokes a reaction in you, the chances are its what you need to listen to and consider might be higher than you’d like.
Emotional reactions mean we are attached to something, so we need to ask ourselves why, to question our beliefs so that we can continue to grow, otherwise what’s the point in anything.