I recently read a book that destroyed my views on a divisive topic.
I did not join the “other side”. I didn’t necessarily leave “my team.” But I gained a new perspective and a new respect for a group that I had comfortably assumed was wrong. It was a comfortable assumption because everyone around me shared it.
I wonder how many other strong-held beliefs could be similarly shattered if I simply exposed myself to an intelligent and rational opposing viewpoint?
Grasping an idea points your attention in one direction. Wisdom makes you look both ways.