The Myth: “If I disagree with an idea, it’s not worth contemplating. If I can find the flaws in an idea, then it’s a waste of time to analyze it.”
Not so fast!
Does it make you think?
Does it force you to achieve greater clarity about your own views?
Does it challenge you to deepen your understanding of other people’s logic?
If so, then it’s not a waste of time at all.
There’s more to the value of an idea than what can be determined simply by evaluating its truth or falsity.
The process of wrestling with provocative concepts, even if we don’t agree with them, helps us open what Maxine Greene calls “new vistas of possibility” in our minds.
If it makes you think, it’s worth something. If it stretches your imagination, it’s worth something. If it helps you relate to different people, it’s worth something. If it compels you on a journey to enrich your knowledge of self, it’s worth something.
An idea doesn’t have to be flawless in order to contribute value to our pursuit of truth.