Math is math, and it is the only realm of life where facts and information remain certain and unbiased. A number is a number, no matter how many digits it contains. There is right, and there is wrong. No matter where you learn Geometry, the material is the same. The teaching method and process of learning may be extremely different, but the equations, theories, and calculations are concrete truth.
Any other subject matter, even if factually and historically accurate, is still through the the eyes of someone else, through the words of someone else.
This means that we only have part of the story. Always. I am sure you have heard the saying “there are 3 sides to every story, yours, theirs, and the truth”. Nowadays it seems like the “truth” side is really hard to find.
We all obtain our information from different unique sources: Parents, family, friends, teachers, experience. We also gain information from different shared sources: TV, internet, books, radio, newspapers……depending on the source, or on your own personal view, the same information could potentially support two very different ideas.
The problem is that since information is more available now than ever before in the history of the world, it is extremely easy to find a viewpoint that matches our own. This allows us to further distance ourselves from those who are different.
Nothing positive will ever come of this.
“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” -Alexander Hamilton
Agreed. Of course you should have your opinions, it is what makes us unique. But don’t let your thoughts dominate reality.
I got caught in an internet black hole a few nights ago and was reading user comments on some very heated subjects. I don’t recommend doing this because it is absolutely appalling. It goes like this: A person will make a casual observation or write an anecdote of related personal experience, and then shit breaks loose. From way beyond left field, out of the parking lot, an offensively over-opinionated individual will make an all capital letter attack. It is retaliated with the same energy from the extreme side of the opposing position, of course again with all capitals, 30 more people jump in, then someone blames Obama.
User comments are the most predictable thing on the web.
These little snippets of people behind their keyboards make me realize how little understanding we have for each other. The truth is, you don’t know. You (the understood you) really know very little. So why not try to walk in someone else’s shoes? Everyone thinks the way they do for a reason. Life’s education (in the all encompassing sense) has different paths. Math is math, life is not math. In life there is room for the in between, the maybes and possibilities. Sometimes you are wrong, sometimes there is no right. Admit it, learn from it, and move on. It’s called growing.