So yesterday, I read an article that I would like to say ‘gave me life’ but Jesus gives me life so…Anyway, I totally agreed with the writer.It was a speech on the Dying art of disagreement by Bret Stephens. We were actually given this article for my jurisprudence class and I have never felt more alive reading something the way I did. You see, I have always disagreed. I disagree with just about everything. It gets emotional sometimes but mostly it remains factual. I’ve been called all sorts of name for always disagreeing. I’ve been segregated for always disagreeing. People even thought I did not live up to the standard of a born again christian because I always disagreed. Some take it so personally but really it’s not always about that. I actually have a feeling that someone will strongly disagree with me about this article and that’s okay. We disagree to agree.
Normally, agreeing is usually easier. Everyone is happy and smiling but no innovation comes out of it. One can never mitigate the risks that come out of agreements without alternatives. There is no room for growth, only a fixated mindset.
In the article, the dying art of disagreement by Bret Stephens, he elaborates the need for disagreement as it arises from perfect comprehension.Once you comprehend the two sides of a coin you are able to make more effective decisions. We mostly want to always agree with things we are completely uncomfortable with but rant about them later on. You might be reading this and thinking that disagreements disrupt peace but really, when you disagree with something you are expressing comprehension in an open mind. Don’t you think we would still be under colonial rule if we just kept quiet and agreed to what was being brought to our plate? We agree with the self- absorbed characteristic of our leaders and end up eating the remnants of high end delicacies like Lazarus. We agree with the chauvinistic character of some men and end up marital violence.
Maybe it is the nature if disagreements that put people off. But to be fair,not everyday will be bread and butter. The best decisions in life are made by keeping an open mind.
The truth is, unless one has considered alternatives, one has a closed mindset.(Peter F. Ducker)
So maybe disagreements are good. I may be wrong so I would like you to indulge me and disagree with my thinking. I will not take it personally. In fact, you will have cleared my vision and allowed me to see the other side of the coin.