I read a cool blog the other day by my therapist, Pavel G. Somov Ph.D., on PsychCentral. The post is called “Doubt Your Doubt”. I suggest giving it a read.
As I was reading it I could hear the bells going off. My conclusion was that I knew this one. It can be summed up simply by questioning everything. Human beings like the comfort of absolutes. The problem with that is the only real absolute or constant in life is change. So this need for absolutes is destined to lead to confusion and conflict in life. Yes, we like that secure feeling we get when we “know” something, but in reality that feeling comes from our thoughts of security and not the reality of the situation.
When we stop questioning we set ourselves up for the shock of disillusionment. We down our quest for knowledge. When that shuts down we stop seeing the new and different for what they are. We end up fearing them. Not to mention that we also begin to stagnate. Stagnation leads to that conflict and disillusionment. The key is to question. Question your reactions, your thoughts, the thoughts of others, what you read, see and hear. It doesn’t mean that you will end up with a different conclusion, but if you do you will be more prepared for it. Keep questioning and you will keep learning. Happy questioning!