–On Liberty, John Stuart Mill.
I could quote more on the subject of free-speech, but Mill is fitting for this particular discussion. The current iteration of Christian decadence has produced an unfortunate trend among my fellows; one that is particularly against the spirit of Christendom and that of reason itself.
This musing is not some quip about freedom of speech, especially when legally speaking. Freedom of speech is directed at criticism of the government, and the not the right to slander the virtue of one’s mother. Such a debate is better left to statesmen, their lack of insight is better suited to a narrower perception of morality. Rather, it is to discuss the ‘holier than thou’ approach that Christians have taken when introduced to new ideas.
Most don’t approach it with skepticism, instead they chose to condemn. Many regurgitate the same nonsense about faith without thought, believe without substance, something any person who has taken an introduction to philosophy class would denounce as foolhardy, and would be righteous in their judgment. I believe there is a reason for the intolerance of dissention, and that conclusion bears heavy on all individuals, not just Christians.
My intention is not to discredit the faith in any form, but to propose a daunting concept to many a Christian, one in which will seem foreign and strange. Furthermore, I wish to advise and impart my wisdom, wisdom that is not necessary, but prudent, especially in the Christian culture of ignorance.
Thusly, to all who follow The Christ: hold your opinions lesser in value than those of another’s, let all those who differ from you be given more time to speak, and let all who oppose your position allowed more rights in their proclamations.
While these axioms may seem to contradict someone who has been afforded the truth, in that we must share the light with all who will listen, in order reach across all lines of understanding one must participate in the faculty of debate. Without such discourse, none can achieve any level of knowledge worthy of the human intellect. Conducting oneself in this manner is not only good for recipient, but better for the actor.
In the next post I will discuss why holding the opinions of others higher than one’s own is better for all.
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