We easily hear and read and without any reflection jump to conclusions. As humans, our tendency to grasp onto myriads views and opinions converts into a personal claim to ‘truth.’
Then comes the next error of judgement – the possession of this ‘truth,’ a self-proclaimed proclamation. Many also fear to stand steady with values, to state a view. even if it is wise and thoughtful.
Here are Ten Ways that might lead us into the Darkness of Views with all the Consequences for ourselves and others. I try to keep a check in these areas for myself before I post on the blog or on what I write or say elsewhere. As one with a multiplicity of views, I need my readers to give me a regular rap over the knuckles for something I wrote.
- Dear Ones, Do you forget to find out if media/social media promotes their own conspiracy theories, as well as unfounded conspiracy theories?
- Dear Ones, Do you repeat Fake News as if it contained unshakeable or unquestionable Facts?
- Dear Ones, Are you vulnerable to being deceived?
- Dear Ones, Do you forget to Question underlying motives in the News/Commentators/Politicians/Corporations /Social Media/Friends?
- Dear Ones, Do you fail to see the agenda of influential voices or impressed with what rich and powerful people claim?
- Dear Ones, Do you ever engage in any research about what you hear or read?
- Dear Ones, Do you limit your mind to the politics of the Left, Right and Centre?
- Dear Ones, Do you limit your mind to secular/religious/spiritual views?
- Dear Ones, Do you forget there is Science dependent on the different Interpretations of the Science by the Scientists?
- Dear Ones, Do you think Truth is limited to views?
When you speak or write
- Please remember to quote your source of knowledge or information.
- Do not claim ownership of what you read or say as if you worked it out for yourself.
- Know the difference between facts, which you have uncovered and repeating hearsay, as if it is the truth you know.
- Start your sentences with I heard (News, Podcast, YouTube etc) or I read rather than make absolute statements of personal insight or experience. Remember it is hearsay.
- Use first-hand experience as much as possible.
- Ensure that concern and compassion inform your views rather than winning an argument.
- Do not make claims about the scientific evidence unless you can provide on the spot the source of the evidence. Scientists/others can come to different conclusions on the same evidence.
- Do not fall into generalisations/stereotypes about groups of people – of left, right, centre, religious faith, gender/identity preference, refugees, media/politics and more. There are too many exceptions which make a mockery of generalisations/stereotype.
- If you are constantly arguing/blaming, such as on issues mentioned above, remember your mind has become trapped in views. The trapped mind reveals insecurity and fear of addressing it.
- Your views may say more about you than what you refer to.