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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Dogma - Helpful or Not?

One of the biggest challenges of human life is crossing the bridge - from the theoretical side to the practical side. In school, we are essentially indoctrinated to follow dogmas. We are taught, for example, there are two parties in politics - Republican and Democrat. We are taught that life is simple and that there is only right and wrong. For example, it is right not to smoke marijuana and it is wrong to smoke it. We are also taught to take sides - like some people are Open Source software proponents and others are Commercial software proponents (e.g. Adobe and Microsoft and other major software branded products).

So, life in this sense is simple - you just choose a side and stay there.

This is the dogmatic approach to life.

However, when school is out and you get out there and work and travel and interact with people, you will see that life is not black and white and there are more than two sides to many issues. One reason why Donald Trump is so popular right now, I believe, is that he is presenting his vision of life and its problems and solutions in a dogmatic way - you choose left or right and you see things in a black and white manner. But that is not correct. Use your intelligence here for a is far more complex, right? Believe me, if things were that simple, then issues that the world faces right now....would have been solved long ago.

I see dogma as a diving board, if you will. For example, to dive into a pool, it is great to bounce up and down upon the diving board a few times and then you launch yourself into the pool's water. But, once you are in the water, the diving board is "up there" and is thus a memory - now you are in the water and now you need to swim.

So, friends and readers, the purpose of this blog post is simple - dogma is helpful when we are young and in development. However, eventually, we need to move beyond a dogmatic approach to life. Life is indeed complex and by recognizing life with all its complexities and being able to work with this fact we will be able to solve problems in a much better way - both immediately and over the long haul. Thanks and All The Best, Keith

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