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A Piece of My Mind by Kelly Rupp, Publisher
Saturday, 08.13.2011, 07:00pm (GMT-5)

A wise person seeks advice from others. Having opinions and advice from people who have more experience or education is just a good plan. The president of the United States has a cabinet to advise him about statistics, laws, historical facts, science, and just about anything else you can imagine. No one can be an expert on everything and seeking the advice of others--even those who might disagree-- seems to be a pretty sound practice. When I taught on the Navajo Nation, I found that one of my students was walking around asking all the professors the same question. I was a little irritated to discover this because I had given him the answer several days before and I thought he was questioning my knowledge. A very wise friend of mine told me that was part of the Navajo way of learning. They are encouraged to seek out as many answers to a question as possible so they have a lot of information available when they reach a conclusion. I think that’s brilliant. It seems like we, as a society, have surrounded ourselves with opinions that are the same as our own. That way we feel we are always right. The problem with that is sometimes we’re wrong. I know it’s hard to admit and hard to imagine, but sometimes we’re just plain wrong. I wish we weren’t so polarized as a society. I wish politics had not become so divisive. Everything is not black and white. There are truly gray shades in all issues and I think that people who explore all sides of an issue and seek out other opinions are probably the wisest of those among us. Although seeking other viewpoints may not change your opinion, I think hearing why people feel the way they do helps us to gain understanding and to humanize those who oppose us. Granted, sometimes hearing other people tell me what’s wrong with our government, a different religion or our economy gives me a raging case of indigestion and heart palpitations, but after I’ve walked away and given the issue some thought, I tend to come away with a new understanding. Is this the first step to compromise? I don’t know, but I can always hope. I’m glad that politicians have advisors. It makes me feel like they’re really trying to make educated decisions. That’s a good thing. I hope that we can learn to listen to each other and to appreciate each other. I think that would make the world a better place. Now I’m going to read this column and try to apply it to myself. Wish me good luck with that!

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