A huge part of who we all are is made up of our opinions and beliefs about the world. Whether they’re political, religious, or social, we all take…

A huge part of who we all are is made up of our opinions and beliefs about the world. Whether they’re political, religious, or social, we all take sides on issues. Usually, these stances are shaped by the people with whom we interact most: our family and friends. But what we read, watch, and listen to also molds our subsequent values. However, I’ve found that as my beliefs become more formed, I am more likely to read, watch, and listen to beliefs that are similar to the ones I already have. The danger is that by only confirming what I think, I’ll never challenge myself to consider the opposite side. It can be hard to voluntarily subject yourself to something you think is wrong, but it can ultimately help you find the right answer. Either you’ll learn that your preconceived notions were not quite right, or you’ll strengthen them by testing their power against opposing arguments. It’s easy to find opinions counter to yours, and the sooner you start looking at them, the quicker you’ll discover how you feel when confronted with both sides of the issue.
– Will

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