On the Fallacy of Dogmatism
by Lee Fitzsimmons
The primary reason why the dominant religions of the last several millenia have been detrimental to the development of the species is because of the dogmatism that is espoused by most (if not all) of them. It is this practice of dogmatism and the heavy use of absolute assertions that has caused the minds of many individuals to stagnate and not explore the vast number of possibilities that lie in the vast uncharted regions of the creative universe. It is this travesty that has allowed many minds with great potential to fall into entropy as they perceive no reason to strive and find new ideas and creative input for new conceptualizations and concoctions of the intellect. Dogmatism is a heavy sedative for the powers of logical and creative reasoning.
Unfortunately, the problem does not lie merely with organized religions. The problem is also found among many of the statements and proclamations of many of the famous philosophers and great thinkers as well. This problem can be traced to absolute statements that are applied to a very broad scope of topics and are not fortified with the correct qualifiers that would more assuredly assist with their claims of being truly absolute. This is not to say that there are absolutely no absolutes, but the number of exceptions to any type of absolute statement begins to multiply exponentially if the proper qualifiers are not applied. Almost any assertion can be made into an absolute statement if the proper limitations are placed on the assertion. When this process is done correctly, dogmatism can be avoided more effectively, allowing for a greater possibility that intellectual discourse will occur.
It is the intellectual discourse on rational issues of the arts and sciences that is the most disrupted when the heavy boulders of dogmatic obfuscation are dropped onto the delicate and nimble nuances of scientific and aesthetic discussions. These heavy boulders of intolerance have been extremely destructive in the past and still are to this day. However, the revelation of truth and the proliferation of scientific logic can smash these boulders into tiny pieces. Truth will always overcome any type of false logic or reason once its perception is made a reality. Truth will almost always ring true in the minds of those who are free of the influence of dogmatic influence.
Eventually, truth will always prevail...
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Copyright 2012 by Lee Fitzsimmons