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Correct me if I’m wrong…

Ok!  So I recently shuffled through old stuff from the last two years…you know, stuff I wrote, drew, cut out of magazines….

 

::sighs::

 

It’s odd:  I see things that are prophetic, things that are stupid, things that are insightful (there are a ::few::…), and some things that are actually wise.  I find the things that are actually wise come when I’m being ::unbiased.::  I have a hard time with that.  I could offer a list of excuses for why I don’t often practice an unbiased viewpoint, but I won’t.  Suffice it to say that I live here now, and being perpetually unbiased is impossible.  So I’ll attempt to practice a little less bias….

 

Bias, however, is not completely escapable.  All my readers have probably heard and know firsthand that it’s impossible to set bias aside for pretty much any amount of time.  Here’s my challenge for you all, though.  Take a political subject.  Then try to be completely unbiased about it.  I am clairvoyant!  I predict that you won’t be able to pull it off.  That’s because biases are ingrained into us almost from the moment we’re born. First we have hormones that we receive before birth.  Those hormones dictate some (small, :::some::: would argue 😉  ) percentage of the way we see things.  Haha, but that’s ::before:: you hit adolescence.  Then life really gets fun….  The teens years are where you get a crash course in figuring everything out for yourself.  It’s an enormous puzzle you get to assemble: You have pieces of your experiences, your past, your beliefs, your parents, your own observations based on others’ experiences, etc, etc, etc.  The list goes on and on and on.  You have to assemble all that in a meaningful way that makes you a balanced person, forgetting self-pity, pride, etc, etc.  In other words, in order to get the perfect bias, you have to do it perfectly.  😀  Right…good luck.  

 

Instead of trying to find the perfect balance, why don’t we figure out how to develop biases that honor other people and ourselves?  Why don’t we work on building biases that show us that other peoples’ opinions have value, too, even if we don’t agree with all of them?  I hear people say all the time that they’re trying really hard to be “middle of the road.”  My advice?  Scrap that.  I don’t advise becoming liberal ::or:: conservative radicals (and believe me, there are radicals on either side), but I do advise abandoning the mindset that a “middle of the road” approach is possible. I don’t believe it is. Our biases are built from day one, and naturally we’re going to lean to one side or another.  Once we’re mature enough to wish we could be perfectly balanced, it is far too late. 

….If you don’t agree, please enlighten me. 😀   This is just something I’m kicking around for now, and I love feedback on everything I have to say, so….

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2 Responses to “Correct me if I’m wrong…”

  1. Hmmm. Thats really insightful. Yes, I agree, biased we are. Leaning to one side or the other isn’t bad; it is in part, what makes us who we are. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be balanced, but I think it far wiser to simply know which side you lean to and take that into consideration when making comments or decisions, esp. in regards to others involved.
    No, going “middle of the road” is just a nicer way of saying that you won’t stand up for your own beliefs or anyone else’s either. (And you know what they say about not standing up for something, you fall for everything.)
    As far as wanting to be wise? Ask God. You do not have because you do not ask.

  2. Middle of the road, my dad always says, is really just a political way of saying you’re more to the left than the right. 😉 Unfortunately, it also entails a bit of reticence about standing up for what you truly believe.

    I get to see wisdom nearly every day, and sometimes more frequently. Often it’s surprising in its simplicity…but then again, usually things are confusing because they’re not wise, if that makes any sense. I guess what I’m trying to say is that wisdom isn’t obscure philosophic maxims, as a note in my study Bible says: it’s more the practical art of living well – and, more technically speaking, living to honor God.

    Bias is part of human nature. 😉 We can’t deny that we’re biased creatures, and if we do? Well, it just means we have a bias against reality. 🙂


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