June 24, 2012
We’re part of a universe in motion. Everything changes—it’s a fact, a truth. We “know” this through our experience, not by our belief alone.
Change is the reason to question everything—truth is a moving target—sh*t happens—what’s different now? Ongoing learning helps us make better choices for ourselves and society.
In politics, candidates who change their position on an issue are called ” flip floppers”—they were for it, now they’re against it. According to their opponents, this is a bad thing. I see it as a sign of intelligence—a confident person open to influence, someone willing to evolve their thinking and alter their beliefs based on the most recent facts. That’s a good thing.
Bill Clinton addresses this issue in a speech at Georgetown University in 2006:
“We believe in a politics…dominated by evidence and argument. There is a big difference between a philosophy and an ideology on the right or the left. If you have a philosophy, it generally pushes you in a certain direction or another. But like all philosophers, you want to engage in discussion and argument. You are open to evidence, to new learning. And you are certainly open to debate the practical applications of your philosophy.
The problem with ideology is if you got an ideology, you already got your mind made up, you know all the answers, and that makes evidence irrelevant and argument a waste of time, so you tend to govern by assertion and attack. The problem with that is that discourages thinking and gives you bad results.”
“Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”
– Albert Einstein