With the amount of inquiry I devote to many and any topics under the Sun, I am almost constantly faced with the probability that every thing I previously thought could be wrong. This is unsettling. Destabilizing. It forces me to reconsider a slough of, perhaps, seemingly unrelated beliefs.
But then, upon further inspection, I realize that is a perfectly reasonable response. One belief or state of mind often flows into the next. So it is appropriate to examine the domino effect of new information.
(Thank you to Jelelle Awen for the above image)
Next comes discernment. Being on the right side of truth 24/7 is improbable. Sometimes we might seriously entertain an idea that is contrary to a previously held thought, then, after some time, we decide to return to the first. Or we go in an entirely new direction. Someone once insinuated this is being wishy-washy.
In my estimation, this is one of the tools used to cultivate discernment. It’s a fine-tuning and clarification of one’s position.
To me, the ability to “try on” another point of view as if it were true, and just as easily set it aside, is a superpower. It’s an exercise of detachment. And let’s be real, we could all benefit from the realization that we are not always right. Because truly, if there is ONE thing I know, it’s that, as a whole, we don’t know very much. This is proven with the ever-changing socially-accepted narrative of the day. Sorry if that’s offensive to academics, who actually spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, only to be faced with the reality that, like technology, certain types of knowledge has an expiration date. It can become obsolete.
If one is unwilling to flow with the inevitability of changing thought, added information, or deeper understanding then growth will certainly come to a standstill.