We've been having our issues in the religious sections lately, so when I saw this quoted in the book I'm currently reading it made me think of some of the problem we have here. Just wanted to share and see what everyone thinks :)
"In a true dialogue, both sides are willing to change. We have to appreciate that truth can be received from outside of - not only within - our own group. If we do not believe that, entering into a dialogue would be a waste of time. If we think we monopolize the truth and we still organize a dialogue, it is not authentic. We have to believe that by engaging in dialogue with other persons, we have the possibility of making a change within ourselves, that we can become deeper." - quoted from Thich Nhat Hanh's Living Buddha Living Christ (which I *really* want to read) in If God is Love, by Philip Gulley and James Mulholland.
So, thoughts? Do you agree with this sentiment? Are you here to try to spread *your* truth, or are you here in attempt to grow as well as aid in the growth of others? Do you feel, if you are here merely to convince others of *your* way, that it's something that can, or even should, be done?
Answer by momto2boys973 at 2:11 PM on Jul. 3, 2011
Answer by anime_mom619 at 2:13 PM on Jul. 3, 2011
Answer by anime_mom619 at 2:15 PM on Jul. 3, 2011
Answer by momto2boys973 at 2:37 PM on Jul. 3, 2011
Answer by NotPanicking at 2:55 PM on Jul. 3, 2011
"I don't think he's talking being willing to convert, merely being willing to recognize "truth", or at least inspiration, etc, can come from anywhere."
I see a pattern in religious debates, and it involves a sort of stubbornness on the believers behalf. I mean no disrespect when I say this, it's simply an observation. When a belief is held and a truth is offered that is contrary to the belief, the believer will begin their lapse into cognitive bias, denying that truth is independent from their thoughts, if the truth doesn't match their belief. As an atheist, there is nothing to sway me away from, there is no subjective truth that can trump what is collectively acknowledged as the truth. What I have learned here, is to be more diplomatic and patient with believers, and how to slow down enough to take what they write into consideration, so my understanding of their perspective is thorough.
Answer by clarity333 at 3:16 PM on Jul. 3, 2011
Answer by momto2boys973 at 3:49 PM on Jul. 3, 2011
Answer by momto2boys973 at 3:51 PM on Jul. 3, 2011