The seeker after truth should be humbler than the dust. The world crushes the dust under its feet, but the seeker after truth should so humble himself that even the dust could crush him. Only then, and not till then, will he have a glimpse of truth-Mahatma Gandhi, The Story Of My Experiments With Truth
It is a very rare balancing act to wake up everyday, look at yourself in the mirror and remind yourself that you know close to nothing about the world you live in. It is also true that the words ‘I dont know’ are the beginning of a personal journey to seek the ultimate authority — the truth.
Even so, how can you wake up every morning and accomplish your life goals with confidence if you believe what you know about the world is very little. Personally, I have struggled to maintain that balance. What can help you is the fact that your life is a journey to seek the truth. While I am very far from having an open mind, I have started walking on the path to seek the truth. This article is meant to share my experiences with that struggle in the hope that you too can develop an open mind.
Lately, I have become tired of listening to a ceaseless cacophony of debates from friends that subscribe to opposite view points in politics and in life in general. Then, there are people like me in the middle who are so confused that they spend their lives trying to seek the truth. Such people are called indecisive and a threat to effective functioning of a democracy. Don’t get me wrong — I vote like most other people because stasis is not an answer to a world moving ahead. Similarly, for a CEO running a business, she has to take a decision because confusion will lead the business to ruin. The decision is taken by balancing and ultimately choosing one but considering both points of view.
However, I have been trying to tell both sides in the argument which are nothing but two different (not wrong or right just different) ways of looking at the same world that the worst thing to do is argue by assuming you know everything. Confidence without clarity has…