Do you have you one way of knowing, thinking, and believing that you are absolute sure, being the whole truth and nothing but the truth?
Do you consider yourself being “the knower” or ‘the seeker”?
Do you believe that you know everything and you do not need to learn more? Then maybe dogma is your enemy too!
What is dogma? What is bias?
Dogma is nothing but a psychologically proven distorted belief pertinent to rigidity, biases, and black and white thinking.
How many of us believe in something and we would make any sacrifice to proof ourselves being right? How many of us Iranians remember those years we argued long nights about who would be the absolute “liberator” of our home country?
Who remembers those who would blame, label, spread hatred, and create conflict in order to present the absolute truth. Not only we Iranians, but also the entire world have those people who come across as dogmatic and biased just because they have no tolerance for others way of being. Surely, we Iranian have suffered physically, psychologically, spiritually, and mentally due to the germ of dogma and extremism that has moved into the most invisible layers of who we are today.
How many people do we know that suffered deeply for the sake of one or another ideology they choose?
There are no simple answers to these questions. Dogma is an embodied discourse in many ways of looking at life. How come we decide to stay at one side of a line and not consider many ways of life circumstances, and various style of life people have?
We have to reorganize out thoughts, values, and opinions if we like to clean up our bodies from this killing germ. We have to detoxify, cleanse, and purify ourselves from this killing poison that is called dogma. The first step is to say: I do not know what I thought I knew and I will learn from now on. Seek help if you are contaminated already. Help and hope is around the corner, just open your eyes and be willing to change.
Note: This article was originally written and published in EzineArticles September 26th, 2010 by this autor.