Being unemployed is giving me time to work on finishing my degree. I am on the 25 year plan at this point and it is getting somewhat tiresome. I find though that 15 years in the workforce has better prepared me to learn than learning would have prepared me for 15 years in the workforce.
As time drags on, courses I had credit for, expire, this leaves me doing some junior level courses, some of which I challenge by merely getting the materials and writing the final exam, and others I actually want to learn the whole course.
One such course is Philosophy 252 – Critical Thinking.
As I started into the course material I came across a statement that gave me pause to think.
“It is crucial for a critical thinker to be willing to give up some previously held beliefs if those beliefs appear inconsistent with claims that have better support.”
A couple pages later I came across a similar statement, “critical reasoning requires that we be open to having our minds changed.”
At this point I stopped.
In the past it has been obvious with some of these courses that in order to “game” the system, all that is required is compliance to the overriding worldview of the course. For example, in Introduction to Human Resources, I had to maintain a feminist opinion, as that is how the course was geared and many of the main arguments in the course were regarding the unfair treatment of women in the workforce.
This time around is a little different. I know that it would be easier to give answers to arguments that support a more liberal worldview, and that agree to have my mind changed as it were.
However, if there is one thing that has become clear to me during this season of growth in my relationship with God is that, if I permit my mind to be changed so far that it goes against my core values and beliefs then all I have done is allowed a grade to be more important than my relationship with God. That I have in a way bowed down to the fear of man, and rejected the Holy fear of God.
“Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.” – Colossians 2:8 (NLT)
So for this course or for anything in my future, I will not allow my mind to be changed insofar that it goes against my core values. I will however, pray and ask that Holy Spirit give me wisdom and guidance in navigating these waters of academia, and any waters that my ship may sail in during this adventure that I call life.