The ability to engage in an evolved and intellectual dissent is rare. We all have opinions to express as they emerge from consciousness, perceptions, and acquired information from different sources (books, media, communication with others, personal experience, etc). Although individuals from different walks of life give the impression, or, would like us to believe that they have the ability to listen to contrary opinions, it’s seldom the truth.
It goes either way- absolute certainty about one’s opinion and trying to portray a neutral facade (for a brief time) to welcome any dissent with equanimity. Usually, common or mass perceptions play a significant role in swaying the thought process. Critical thinking and deep analysis of an opinion or dissent are overruled by absolute faith in individual intellect and ambivalent assurance to reflect mass hysteria to remain relevant in a crowd.
Within the premise of this dichotomy, we rarely argue outside the set boundaries. Afraid to step out and being ostracized for holding an entirely different viewpoint stunts the growth of communication. Misinterpretation, misrepresentation, and faulty inferences about the available knowledge can impair consciousness. Greater emphasis should be on liberal dialogues and discussions outside the comfort zone.
Predominantly, holding contrary views are seen as opposition and also perceived to be an attack on personal beliefs. We are intelligent beings but arriving at a conclusion about ultimate intelligence and superiority complex is preventing us from evolving in the true sense. We are failing miserably in being inclusive in spite of the differences of opinion and subliminally still believe that conforming and dissenting in the same language. Almost always such interactions lead to acrimony and extreme divergence. Arrogance is inspired by ignorance.