EACH OF US HAVE DIFFERENT VIEWPOINTS AND OPINIONS ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS. SOMETIMES, THE MORE WE ARE ABLE TO HEAR ANOTHER’S POINT OF VIEW, THE MORE WE ARE ABLE TO REMAIN OPEN-MINDED AND OBJECTIVE. WE may find we even learn something new if we are open to another’s viewpoint. Viewpoints after all. are perspectives in many dimensions like colors in a kaleidoscope. There are many different colors to see angles or viewpoints from. When communicating with others, the dynamics of various points of view and being able to see both sides is a necessity when communicating with others.
Viewpoints are perspectives how we perceive things. ecause we see something the way we do, does not make it so. Having an open mind is key when evaluating differences viewpoints present to many of us. It is often said, wisdom is in the ability to take those opinions and process them as objectively as possible. As we all have heard, “don’t discuss politics or religion.” We find some of the strongest viewpoints come into play when talking about our viewpoints and what we believe. We enter new territory with strong subject matter such as politics or religion where most people feel emotions with what their viewpoints are. This is different for example than another’s viewpoint about how best to fix a particular recipe.
It is easy to stay open minded when discussing subjects that evoke less emotion than strong opinions on a particular viewpoint involving our faith or religious convictions. These are subjects we all feel strongly about. One area sure to provoke insight from both sides of the aisle happens when one person believes with faith there is a God and others do not. Others who are agnostic or atheist cannot understand the opposite side of a coin in belief which is having a strong faith and conviction there is a God verses the thought that there isn’t. The further apart an opinion or viewpoint is, the more difficult it becomes to see another’s thought process.
Let us take a look at the definition of “viewpoints” both in our Webster Dictionary and our daily wisdom word meaning.
Webster Definition of viewpoint-1. a position or perspective from which something is considered or evaluated; Point of View, Standpoint.
Daily Wisdom Word Definition of viewpoints-1. a thought or belief system felt in each of us which may result in strong convictions based on our emotional investment in this viewpoint.
People such as judges, cannot afford to bring personal viewpoints into a courtroom. Imagine how difficult it must be to be a judge listening to opposing opinions which they may have a preconception about. Judges must stay objective, and if we wish to learn from others how they think, we should at the very least do our best to listen with an open mind. Stay away from discussions involving others where you know in advance the subject itself can cause us to “disagree”. To listen to another person who has a different point of view, objectively with an open mind requires us to put our own thoughts that conflict with their opinion even if only to allow them to share their point of view. Thanks so much for reading about viewpoints today. As always, I would love to hear your opinion or viewpoint on what you’ve just read. Beneath this article is a place to “join the discussion”. I would love any contributions you may have about one’s viewpoint or perhaps angles of productivity when listening to others opinions.
Thanks so much, Samantha LeBoeuf-Dailywisdomwords.com