Everyone knows that the best attorneys are the ones who can argue either side of a topic favorably - the ones that have done their homework on both sides. These are the attorneys that have looked at all the facts and know all the arguments. They are effective because they are educated. The educated people always have an advantage when it comes to discussions regarding choices. These attorneys will come out and completely turn people to their side simply because they know both sides of the game.

Now it's not so much the persuading of people into one line of thinking that is admirable, but rather the fact that they know enough to win whatever side they take. This doesn't mean they have to win one side, it just means they can. And to be able to win at either side means you need to know both sides. I'm not talking about competition or pushing the wrong thing because you are smarter than the one who stands for the right thing. I am talking about people who understand both the wrong thing and the right thing fully and can explain both with full clarity and understanding. This is what a successful attorney does and what people should be able to do in the game of life. Being able to look at both sides of an issue and argue for either side is one of the best ways to understand an issue.

People need to become attorneys in the game of life. They should look at all sides of a topic and be able to argue each side. They don't necessarily need to agree with one or the other, but they should understand the dynamics behind each side and be educated to present a case for either. Whether or not they agree is not necessarily the point. The point is to be educated about what you are talking about.

Religion

Most people will support their religion without knowing the first thing about the religion they are opposing (and yes, people almost always oppose the religions that are not their own). They have not weighed the pros and cons and taken the approach of the attorney when it comes to religion. Christians know quite a bit about Christianity but not so much about LDS beliefs. Muslims are okay when it comes to Islam but not so much on Hinduism. Judaism is okay with its dogma but not so much when it comes to Christianity. Most people could only argue their side of religion and as a result know very little about even their own. In the words of Manly P. Hall:

For lack of interreligious understanding there has been very little religious understanding.

He says it all right there. Because we don't know the first thing about somebody else's religion we know very little about our own. The smart attorney will always see both sides of an issue and find the parallels and dissimilarities. The neophyte, on the other hand, will simply pick a side and argue it without understanding the dynamics or similarities behind it. Such an approach makes for a terrible teacher or student.

It doesn't end with religion. The same goes for many other subjects such as people, politics, business and so on. Everywhere we look in daily life we face decisions that require understanding of multiple sides, however, the average person chooses to take ONE side rather than understand ALL sides. And because of such a lazy approach they are almost always punished out of their neglect to take a more honest approach.

Conclusion

As soon as you leave out the other side you have already limited your scope of understanding. Wise attorneys know this, and wise philosophers know it. Perhaps it would be wise for people to start researching both or even all possible sides of an issue to gain an understanding of the whole thing.

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Ben'O'waR: Great Essay :) I think this

Great Essay :) I think this understanding should be applied to other things besides religious beliefs. I know sometimes I find it nearly impossible to understand why someone would want to use weed on a daily basis, or acid occasionally for self exploration. I think trying to understand unpleasant and even stupid (on the surface) things is, at the very least, good practice in critical thinking. Who knows, maybe you will come away with a different point of view?

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