It’s easy to defend a position you agree with. It’s harder to defend a position you disagree with. Learning how to defend against points you think are wrong is often used in rhetoric classes, law classes, and debate teams.
There’s good reason for that. Being forced to look at the other side challenges you to look past the statement, “you are wrong.” It makes you actually look for information that backs up your point, while still allowing you to acknowledge the validity of the opposing argument.
I got myself all revved up about a subject that I consider myself quite knowledgeable about today. When my point was challenged, by default I started to drop back into the mindset of I’m right, you’re wrong. The thing is, there’s some good points being made by the other person. I’ve got two choices, either stick to my guns and default to “you’re wrong” or step back and look at the other point of view.
This weekend is a research kind of weekend. I get the chance to expand my horizons and potentially tighten up my position on this issue. It’s a gift.
Your challenge this weekend: take time to research an opposing point of view. Look for information which proves the opposing point. If they say the moon is made of green cheese, go look for information which proves it. Understand the argument, look at their facts and take an unbiased approach.
Are they actually right?
This is how you learn. Don’t be afraid to challenge your own perceptions. Be willing to be wrong. You just might learn something.