By Andrew L. Pate, Jr.
Anytime you don't know much about who is saying what, question the "other's" statement, seriously question it. Your ignorance signals danger. And the speaker is likely to be a con artist.
So, the question looms: How best can we respond to the "other" person? Try these four steps.
First, ask about the "other's" level of expertise and bias? When it's obvious ignorance and prejudice are speaking, run! As fast as you can. Even if the "other" is famous.
Two, always ask of the "other" how much education he or she has on the topic and even ask as to where that education was obtained? Yes, some schools are better than others; some actually have years of research and success in support of their spokespersons and graduates It's not by accident that Einstein was Einstein
Thirdly, ask whether the "other" is trustworthy? Politicians are biased as are preachers and others whose chief concern is to protect their status quo.
Thirdly, apply your own experience and intelligence. Trust your best judgment when alarms are sounded. Every individual can think for himself or herself. So can you!
Lastly, inquire as to what History can tell you. Have the ideas under discussion failed in the past?
For me, applying these four steps always is to be done with the teachings of Christ uppermost. Yes, it's true: Christ has sometimes forced me to change my mind, but never have I found Christ to be be wrong.