Ever hear the term “preaching to the choir?” This is not a good habit, and it’s the reason arguing is often very healthy. You shouldn’t allow your beliefs and opinions to remain unchecked.
People don’t like to go outside of their circle of comfort. This is why it’s unlikely that you’ll find one of the vast community of Scientology critics doing presentations at the Hubbard center in Los Angeles, with open-minded Scientologists listening, taking notes, and offering constructive rebuttals.
This is because people enter a place of comfort and support, and they’re afraid to place their convictions on the line. In some cases people with differing opinions, different ideas, and new perspectives become labeled as enemies who are trying to damage the happiness of the group.
And when the critics become enemies, the group is now on the path to becoming a cult.
This could even happen in your business. You may become so attached to the comfortable status quo that you begin to ostracize outside detractors. This will inevitably leave you in the dark ages behind your competitors.
So you absolutely have to bring people around you who can disagree with your ideas and preconceived notions, or else critical thinking will hit a standstill. And when that happens, a lot of very bad things can occur.
Jonestown, Guyana, 1978. Jim Jones used an isolated group detached from critical thinking and differing perspectives as a method of controlling them and remaining attached to power. If his cult brought in weekly debate circles with other religious sects, or atheists, the massacre in Guyana would have never occurred. But, then again, if his followers were exposed to logic and reason then Jim Jones would not have remained a guru. For Jones, and many other cult-leaders, the suppression of critical thinking becomes a conscious strategy to maintain power.
And this is exactly why you should learn to argue and debate, and to do it frequently, and do it with your most cherished beliefs. Invite in new perspectives, and ideas, but for Gods’ sake, just try to remain civil.