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October 17, 2017

Absolute Dogmatism and Precarious Arrogance


Dogma, an absolute belief in a set of ideas, is the enemy of both faith and reason. Those who preach from the pupil of certainty and refuse to give an inch to doubt are zealots who have closed their minds to anything outside of their ideology. Religion and science are both susceptible to dogmatic thinkers, arrogance leads people into the narrow lane of arrogance which then leads to friction. At the root of war is hubris; the default mode of humanity it seems is to subjugate others and for people to impose their will on others.

Pride precedes destruction. From the dawn of time, humanity has feared an Apocalypse and the end of life as we know it. If that time ever comes, I am pretty sure it will not be God who will end us. Our arrogance and the need to conquer lands and souls alike will be the source of our undoing. We are growing more and more conceited from an individual and collective perspective; as technology advances, our need to be God is growing along with each successive generation. The words “I don’t know” have become a plague to avoid; most are intent on proving they know it all as everyone wants to be professors but few want to be students. Think about it, when encountered with a question, how often do you hear people say “I don’t know”?

We would rather ask Google and then pretend that we are Imhotep reincarnated—artificial intelligence is killing real knowledge. I have a love/hate relationship with the internet for this reason; Ghion Journal is dependent on IT yet what I write about in a lot of ways is about unity and togetherness—technology gets in the way of what I stand for. Yet I have faith that in time social media will be used not to splinter us and put humanity behind the bunkers of exceptionalism but to actually advance human compassion and oneness. If we are ever to get to that point, if we are to realize a state of coexistence in our lifetime, it will only happen once we tame our egos and seek humility instead of trying to prove eminence.

We as humans are not the center of this universe. We are a speck of a speck of a dot on this earth let alone the vast open space beyond our planet. Let us learn to admit we don’t know it all; both science and religion should admit limitations. I believe in an awesome God personally, but my faith is not grounded in absolutism for I have doubt that coexists with my belief. Faith is believing in spite of evidence, I don’t need evidence in order for me to acknowledge the creator of this universe. My refusal to believe with certitude will upset some religious people and the fact that I said I have faith will likewise rankle atheists. Without knowing it, both extremes are wedded to each other for both ends are driven by a fanatic belief in their ideology.

What we believe should be within not without; we should spend less time trying to convert others to think like us and instead have conversations with open minds. When you lead with an extended hand instead of closed fists, the abundance of this universe will embrace you with innumerable blessings. We can gain the ability to prophesize and the knowledge of King Solomon but without love all we will ever find is emptiness and barrenness. It is easy to fight hate with hate and to take on arrogance with yet more arrogance; the harder path—yet the one that bears the most fruit—is to be kind to one another. Love is the only way we can defeat hate; humility is better than arrogance. #PrecariousArrogance

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” ~ Saint Augustine

If you appreciate the message behind this write up and you too choose humility above arrogance, share this article on social media using #PrecariousArrogance

Check out the Ghion Cast below where I talk about my own journey from arrogance to humility, I promise I’m not preaching, it’s more like a conversation. Have a wonderful day. 

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Teodrose Fikre

Founder at Ghion Journal
Teodrose Fikre is a published author and a prolific writer whose speech idea was incorporated into Barack Obama's south Carolina victory speech in 2008. Once thoroughly entangled in politics and a partisan loyalist, a mugging by way of reality shed political blinders from Teodore's eyes and led him on a journey to fight for universal justice.

Teodrose was born in Ethiopia the same year Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by the communist Derg junta. The great grandson five generations removed of Atse (emperor) Tewodros Kassa II, the greatest king of Ethiopia, Teodrose is clearly influenced by the history and his connection to Ethiopia. Through his experiences growing up as first generation refugee in America, Teodrose writes poignantly about the universal experiences of joys, pains and a hope for a better tomorrow that binds all of humanity.

Teodrose has written extensively about the intersection of politics, economic policies, identity, and history. He is the author of "Serendipity's Trace" and newly released "Soul to Soil", two works that inspect the ways we are dissected as a people and shows how we can overcome injustice through the inclusive vision of togetherness.
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