A friend has repeatedly called my articles politically correct. The insinuation is the weakness of my mind to be indecisive. No one has accused me ever before of being indecisive or weak. If at all, I have always been called highly opinionated, and this is partly true. I am very protective of my personal space and of my children, and hold strong opinions regarding my life and decisions. I am always open for a discussion on serious matters with my children, family, friends, and relatives, who hold importance in my life. However, I do not let anyone sway me into submission, unless the argument presented is foolproof.
With age come wisdom and the foresight to see things from all angles. When it is a matter of public discussions, I do not shout from rooftops voicing my take, one way, or the other, in the absence of complete facts. This indecision is presented either in ambiguous cases, or in cases that are not too close to my heart. In fact, in latter, I do not present any opinion at all.
Even in cases where I am sure of my opinion and express it, I do not cry foul on a differing points-of-view.
There are always two sides to a coin. The predominant side defines the opinions and the resultant decision. In matters where a side could be predominant due to populist movement and lack of enough mileage for the other side, we might mistake it to be irrevocably true and complete. In order to avoid such a mistake, there will always be a group of watchers keeping the debate going. This is the group that takes all the flak for opposing the popular opinions. Sometimes, this group can go overboard, losing sight of the truth, of differentiating right from wrong. However, be warned that all popular opinions are not always correct.
“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”
Leo Tolstoy, A Confession
“The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widely spread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.”
Bertrand Russell, Marriage and Morals
“In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.”
We are just a small speck in this huge cosmos, and as I mentioned in my other article, Holographic Universe and Hindu Philosophy, this is a Maya jal, woven by Yog Maya. We are not our material being, and do not need to conform to this material world. We are the souls, who need this material garb to strive to reach Him. Without this material ego, we cannot function, but we should not become subservient to our material ego and think that this is the only reality and nothing beyond.
How can we become so adamant and imagine that the presented information and that which the mind is able to perceive and comprehend is the whole truth and the complete truth? This is nothing but our arrogance, and this ego can be seen in the best of educated. I am not professing that one should not hold a firm opinion or belief, and that one should not swear by that belief. Your belief defines you, is truth of your being, your world. Conversely, there is a large possibility of someone else’s belief being the truth, if not all encompassing, then at least for that individual. How can you find it in your heart to take that right away from another? Right or wrong, our beliefs and choices are our personality, and we each have an individual path of discovery. Let us continue to discover independently, without jumping the gun on others, or taking out the machine guns to shoot each contradictory outlook.
I will take a piece from my last article, Death Penalty, and say – “We take certain decisions weighing the pros and the cons of the presented situation with the information accessible to us, to the best of our limited capacity. The day we start to believe that our beliefs are the ultimate truth, we become radicals.” In the mentioned article, my neutral view was biased towards the judgement. People who could not read between the lines need to go back to it again.
I believe that Judges, Journalists, Teachers, and Writers should never be opinionated and the neutrality serves better. A judgemental judge, journalist, teacher, and writer will never be able to do justice to one’s vocation. Being a writer, I try to project neutrality, with some biased tilt.
More wars are stopped by being diplomatic and politically correct. Unfortunately, I am not such a person, instead am a very opinionated person. I am only trying hard to give the benefit of the doubt to every individual, as I am on my path of discovery. If I appear soft in my articles, then that is how I actually feel about most opinions. And to contradict myself, let me clarify that I am not as soft when it comes to me and my own. I am the kind to fight tooth-and-nail in such situations.
Yet another ‘politically correct’ opinion for my readers, or is it?
||Sarvam Sri Krishna Arpanamastu||