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What is Dogma?
Dogma is a teaching or belief that is accepted as general truth set by an established authority in a specific locale. Humanity has influence over all dogma. All humans are imperfect individuals with unique opinions, finger prints, dna, etc. Each opinion can be slightly different, so using terminology such as ‘established truth’ is dangerous, specifically when such truth is not set as regional law, and even then it is subject to interpretation and amendment.
Things Change Much Like Seasons and Realizations Change, and No Two Seasons are Exactly Alike.
Truth changes based on circumstances.Promoting dogmatic statements as ultimate and total truth despite context is extremely dangerous and leads to erroneous thinking. There is seldom, if ever, a time when an act is ALWAYS correct or, conversely, always wrong. As an example, if all the oak leaves fell off an oak tree in April in North America, everyone who sees the tree would assume it is dying. If the same thing happens in October, everyone assumes it is natural. If it does not happen in a unseasonably hot October, once again everyone assumes it is not natural. Timing, temperature, circumstances play vital roles in determining the simple truth that ‘leaves should fall off oak trees’.
Build Your Paradigm and Remain Open for What You Do Not Yet Realize.
Holding dogmatic ways of thinking should never happen. There is nothing more consistent than change, and nothing more diverse than individual circumstances. In addition to changing circumstances, ever-revealing facts will alter truth. A 21-year-old’s truth will be very different from a 55-year-old’s truth. Likewise the truth of a 45-year-old born and reared in southern California will be very different from the truth of a 45-year-old born and reared in rural Alabama.
Hear others out before making your decisions. Operate intuitively and without ultimate judgement.Take personal responsibility for expanding your knowledge base. Forming truth is an evolving wheel, especially when Truth has the ability to shapeshift, not even recognizing its own face from the previous day.