Making Informed Objections

It seems like the trend today is to just go against anything thrown at us, without examining whether there's any truth to it. "It doesn't matter what they say, what I think of myself is what matters" is now the accepted truth, for the individual and the individual's friends, at least.

Perhaps we have grown more emotional, and more defensive in a sense due to previous bad experiences that we've had.

It's true, ideas that challenge our way of thinking are often uncomfortable. And may I remind you that objection doesn't only come in one direction. You could be throwing an idea to another person, the other person objects and throws back another idea, and you could now be on the receiving end.

It's easy to form strong opinions on certain subjects. It's easy to form questions that you know could contradict the idea of another person. But have you made an informed objection?

While we live in a technological world, it doesn't make us any wiser than the people of the past. Besides, we're trying to live from the wisdom of the old. Why then, do we think of ourselves, our ideas, as the absolute truth?

Phonomat - Information
Before we react, does it not make sense to take a deep look in ourselves? When another person points out a dirt on your face, does it not make sense to try and see if there's really a dirt on your face rather than saying "look yourself in the mirror first"? Before we try to make objections, let's make sure that we are informed. Ask questions because they are good, but don't just throw out questions for the sake of asking a question or putting another person to shame.

The next time you ask the question "why", also ask yourself, "why not"?

Image by Paul Keller.
2 comments on "Making Informed Objections"
Jayu dejorge said...

I think it boils down on not taking anything personal. When somebody tells you something, good or bad, it is always not about you but about themselves.

everypesocounts said...

Hi Jayu,


You're making a good point, not everything bad that is thrown at you is personal. I completely agree.

Another thing is that we have the tendency of focusing on the person rather than the message being communicated to us.


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