When Our Ideas Conflict, We Win


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Academia is a constant ordeal of cliques. Whether it be who you sat with in middle school, became best friends with in high school, or party with in college: the constant pressure that everyone faces during their years of education greatly molds the inevitable character that graduates, a new and better person.

Be that as it may, academia challenges individuals to find truth, enjoyment, and colleagues in life through their ideas and understanding of what they know. While college exposes us to higher levels of knowledge such as forms of calculus, academia also exposes us to ideas and people who conflict with our own. This creates a state of cognitive dissonance in which we do not know what is right but who is right.

For content creators, whether artist, video makers, or even writers, the fear of submitting work into the public domain and having every little detail scrutinized leaves the feeling of uncertainty and imperfection. Work from the past that may have been amateur or even wrong leaves heir to the shortfalls that the content creator once had.

Likewise, throughout the years of education one’s knowledge of the world and one’s personal alignment greatly change. The beginning years include not having one’s own opinions for they are instead shaped by our parents, peers, and teachers. Over time, as people become more knowledgeable about the world around them, their core fundamental values do not deteriorate entirely but become their own to some extent.

Not knowing what one stands for or what one believes in is due in part to the fact that multiple opposing and contradicting views have long been a part of college and social spheres. When individuals surround themselves in an echo chamber of colleagues that just parrot all points ever made and never question them, nothing will ever be achieved but self-congratulation.

Professors, resources, and administration create an unwavering breeding ground of echo chamber ideals, but instead of ideas and people moving towards the center, they have progressively moved farther left with no counter.

Surrounding ourselves with people that have ideologies we disagree with or even hate allows young people to be exposed to opposing points of view. Although you may see someone as your literal antithesis, being shown an opposing position takes you out of the echo chamber and into the open halls of free idea exchange.

While the social groups we follow may be opposed to the idea of free thinking, without it, the intellectual experience of college wins the classroom but fails the mind.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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