Be willing to learn

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity; There is none who does good. (Ps 53:1)

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. (Ps 14:1)

What do those verses have to do with writing, you may ask. A lot actually. When we think about what these two verses talk about, it is about people making decisions on what they feel/believe, rather than making a logical conclusion.

A lot of atheists who proclaim that there is no God usually have been hurt by a parental figure who had hurt them. And they base their world view on their experience and fit everything into that wrong world view. They refuse to admit they’re wrong even when faced with insurmountable evidence.

(I won’t cover the evidence here. The discussion on the evidence of God is called “apologetics”. You can go search for it online.)

But the principle of the verses help us to be better writers. How does keeping an open mind help us be better writers? The writer needs to understand a topic before they start writing, otherwise, it could leave a bad taste in the readers. And that means understand all points of view.

A good writer must understand both sides of the story and in some cases, even present both sides. Imagine reading only one side of the story. It can feel like someone is pushing a political agenda.

And when we understand another person’s point of view, we can be able to reach them. And hopefully, with our writing, we can convince them that our point of view is just as valid, or at times, even more so.

So be open to learn new things. Don’t be a fool who’s already made up their minds before drawing a conclusion. You may just end up with the wrong one.

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