WHY CONSIDER OPPOSING VIEWPOINTS ?

on Tuesday, May 29

In our media intensive culture it is not difficult to find differing opinions. Thousands of social media and dozens of radio and television talk shows resound with differing points of view. The difficulty lies in deciding which opinion to agree with experts seem the most credible. The more inundated we become with differing onions and claims, the more essential it is hone critical reading and thinking skills to evaluate the ideas.

The only way in which a human being can make some approach to knowing the whole of a subject is by hearing what can be said about it by persons of every variety of opinion and studying all modes in which it can be looked at by every character of mind. No wise man ever required his wisdom in any mode but this (John Stuart Mill).

Take a look at how the political map of the world has changed in every century since the collapse of the Roman Empire, that should be proof enough that nation building has been for quite a while. Casting a glance at the 19th and 20th centuries will reveal that the types of nation building with the most lasting impact on the modern world are nationalism, colonialism and post-world war II reconstruction.

Nationalism gave rise to most European countries that exist today. The theory was that each nation, embodying a shared community of culture and blood, was entitles to its own state.

In Malaysia, the nations built not by war. Some countries have been created not by their own efforts but by decisions made by the international community. Look at the Balkan and southeast region of Europe.

Lastly, today war is not an acceptable means of state building. Instead, nation building must be a consensual, democratic process. But such a process is not effective. 

The conclusions, many of the leaders only rebuilding a post office, but not delivering the mail. That's a dilemma in the country.

Correction: While the leaders are preoccupied with rebuilding the post office, they forgot that the mails have yet to be delivered.



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