|title||"Which Perspectives are You Willing to Explore?"|
|body||"It's my opinion that too many people are letting their opinions of what the world needs determine what perspectives they're willing to explore. That's like choosing your meaning based on the words you want to use. Explore as many diverse perspectives as you can so you can get a better understanding of truth. Then you will have a better idea of what the world needs.|
No perspective contains the complete, undistorted truth. Every perspective provides a different angle of truth. Some perspectives allow you to see things that you can't see clearly (or at all) from other perspectives.
Evaluating a perspective that you have not taken time to use yourself results in a superficial opinion. You may not like an idea, maybe because you don't like the words used to convey it, or because it seems too different from your own perspective, but until you look at the world through the perspective in question, you don't have any reliable information by which to make an accurate assessment. Remember that your evaluation of another perspective is made from your current perspective, which also has its own biases, distortions, and limitations.
Many people prefer to have someone tell them what is and is not true. We like to be selective about who has the authority to define truth for us. We worship those we deem worthy, and we scoff at those we deem unworthy. However, as long as you're letting someone else define truth for you, you are living in someone else's reality. There are people who take advantage of this, profiting from the beliefs of the masses, often to our own disadvantage. Whenever you find yourself among the masses, it may be time to question your beliefs.
One commonly proposed solution to misinformation is to "believe the experts," but even experts are a poorly defined group of diverse humans, some of whom honestly want nothing more than for the truth to be known to all, but others of whom have their own agendas, or have trouble admitting their mistakes, or are motivated by money over truth, or are blinded by their own brilliance, and so on. How can we know which experts to trust, or tell the difference between an expert and a fraud? Claiming one entity is trustworthy while others are not gets us nowhere.
The only viable solution seems to be to trust no one perspective, but rather take it upon yourself to explore diverse perspectives and extract from them that which you feel by your intuition (or "in your gut" as opposed to in your thoughts) is undeniably true, and build your own perspective around these glimpses of truth, allowing plenty of room for error and uncertainty. If your perspective contains apparent contradictions, you'll find they will eventually resolve themselves as long as you're thinking both rationally and intuitively, and being open to new concepts and better explanations. At least this is how I go about it."