Thinkers Live in Tents

People who are opinionated and closed minded (sometimes euphemistically characterized as being "strong in their convictions") live in castles. Interested only in the defense of their opinions, they throw up walls and embattlements from which to protect and defend their firmly entrenched beliefs against attack. Castles by their very nature, while good for defense, are set in stone and cannot move, which is just fine with the opinionated person.

In contrast, good critical thinkers live in tents. Interested only in moving their opinions as close to the truth as possible, they must be able to pull up tent stakes and relocate as new arguments and new evidence cause them to reconsider their opinions. Tents by their very nature are not defensible, but that's fine. The critical thinker doesn't regard a criticism or disagreement as an attack to be defended against, but rather as a helpful tip that suggests a better campsite just over the next hill.

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Posted: November 8th, 2010
at 1:17pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: life,"ninja",development,philosophy

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