August 03, 2008

When exchanging views with another who is not in full agreement, it becomes very easy to lose perspective. Few indeed are those of us who enter into discussions in the assumption that we are wrong, but perhaps fewer yet are those who are truly open to testing our own personal views. Discussion then becomes a matter, not of testing one's own assumptions, but of conversion.

Whenever I am involved in a problem-solving or discussion and find that I am starting to dig my heels in, I set myself a little test. Basically, I ask myself if there are any possible answers the other could give that would cause me to re-think my position.

If I find there are none: then it is past time to take a long step back.

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