Aug 12, 2011
Who, us? We're supposed to be so progressive! Yes, us, and I include myself because I'm not totally innocent of this shortcoming, even if I'm so totally aware of it when I'm on the wrong end of it.
I'm talking about the trend in recent years in people being less and less willing to actually learn from others, especially those whose ways are different. We've fallen behind in that area, and it seems as if we keep falling behind in that area.
History is full of learning from others. The reasons the Greeks and Romans did so well was that they learned from others. And when Rome captured Greece, the Romans even learned Greek! There are even cases in which one people put up with another people due to the fact that there was something which those others had which the people knew that they had to learn about. But now, it seems that more and more people are becoming unwilling to learn from anyone who does not fit their pre-conceived notions of being "worthy" (whatever that is).
Please note that I do not consider this an issue for certain distinct groups. I've met Wiccans who are as closed-minded as any Christian fundamentalist that I've known. Believe it or not, I've even seen people reject support to their position when it comes from "wrong people".
And this is one of the major challenges which we face!