Does it even matter, someone else’s perspectives?
Isn’t it’s entirely dependent on the argument the person is making? How good someone is in his/her reasoning abilities should take the statement further. Sounds Good, doesn’t it? Apparently, the real world doesn’t operate that way.
Whenever newer ideas pop up in front of someone’s door and start ringing the bell, they would be only open the doors, if these are similar to their existing beliefs. In case these thought processes are conflicting in nature, a lot of trials and tribulations would ensue in the person’s mind to determine if it’s worth taking the risk or not.
Logic and rationality of the arguments made, supposed to prevail over everything else; but that hardly happens in our world.
Developing new principles does not happen in one single day. These are intricately woven around us since we are born. The people in our surroundings introduce us to these ideas which would further guide us throughout our lives. These are not necessarily Individualistic in nature, instead they are representative of entire cultures. E.g. Nonviolence and Buddhism or Vegetarianism in Hinduism.
The Athenians being more creative, the Spartan being war centric cannot be written off as stereotyping. This is how their respective world operated in those days.
Apparently, there are parts of the world which follow such rigidity even now, but there are voices coming against these monocratic inflexibilities. Everyone around us aspires individual freedom, free will. There’s no place for these regressive style of cultural appropriation in the present world anymore.
Cultures now favor conversations. If one’s views are not mainstream, that doesn’t mean you would be voiceless. People like Galileo won’t be prosecuted if they would have been born in this age. Unless they defy certain religions that pissed off the big bad wolfs destined to save those so called organizations.
We might never become a perfect utopian world, but we can certainly become better than what we were the day before. Many might have the notion that the present world is somewhat more dystopian thanks to Rise of nationalism across countries, Election of Mr. Trump, Brexit, North Korean Crisis, the post war insurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan but this is still the best times the world has ever seen. When people used to die in the Manmade famines of Colonial India, the British didn’t even raise their eyebrow. Now the plight of Rohingyas resonated into International backlash against the Military junta of Myanmar. Even severe criticisms were made against Aung San Syu Ki for not doing enough to save the people.
Sounds trivial? If one looks around, there’s endless no. of crises going around.
The world was never a just place; it might never become one. But we are getting better each passing day. For each injustice, there are hundreds coming forward to offer a helping hand.