Why not agree to disagree?
Last night I met a very smart gentleman who worked at a brilliant company called Google. Not exactly an idiot, right? But here's the thing, after a long and intense series of conversations, the one and only thing we actually agreed on is the idea that none of us really knows what it will take to solve or even change the real problems in the global world today.
He said, "Even if you really try to make change, it won't be effecive—simply because change is inevitable and will happen with or without your participation—and that's how it goes." My thoughts were that change to him seemed like a pre-determined science, an organisim, a part of an evolutionary process that 'I wouldn't or couldn't even understand'. (to put it his way)
While I found myself unable to disagree with his comments, internally I very much disagreed.
But isn't that the point? Shouldn't we all agree to disagree? Regardless of my disagreement, our intellectual debate enabled me to have an unexpected level of "knowledge-sharing" around the philosophies that he finds 'essential' or even factual in his world. And sometimes these facts are a very hard thing to dispute in another person's world. Why? Because beliefs are almost like a religion—they convice us all to belive in what we think is true.
I honestly don't even really know where all of this is going. Perhaps i'm trying to a that it's better to have a couple of intellectual debates on an average day than to have none at all. Each conversation, debate or intellectual 'banter' make us all a little bit smarter simply by gaining a perspective from other smart people's perspectives—even if we DO disagree with where they are coming from.
So what do you have to lose? Why not JUST listen to what others have to say? It might just pay dividends in the end and open your mind to another world of thinking that you never could have had on your own.