In this modern age, humans have the ability to answer some of the tough questions which were thought to be transcendent mysteries in the past. Examples of these questions include “where did we come from,” or “what is the purpose of life?” Nonetheless, there remain many questions which we still debate about every day. A small allegory effectively sums this up.
You walk into a parlor. You immediately notice some people discussing a matter fervently. There appear to be two sides, and at first you are unable to tell what the discussion is about, for it seems to be nuanced. After a period of time, you believe you have established the gist of the debate and form your own opinion. You chime in with your two cents, and someone else negates what you argue. Another person comes to your defense, and another negates them, and thus, you have become immersed in the discussion. As the day goes on, people leave the parlor, and others arrive. The day comes to an end, and you leave, and when you leave, people are still discussing the matter, but you find that almost no one who was present when you arrived is still present. You leave, and the discussion is still taking place.
When discussing matters, the highest value should be intellectual honesty. Defined by Wikipedia as “an applied method of problem solving, characterized by an unbiased, honest attitude,” intellectual honest would allow us to go much further in answering tough scientific, theological, economic, political, and philosophical problems. Unless and until that happens, we will be stuck in an endless debate for which we cannot come to a consensus.
Chris Brown is The Citizen’s Editorial Assistant. He is a senior at Columbus High School. Connect with Chris on Facebook at http://fb.com/ CitizenEditorialAssistant