Sure, we get along within our groups...with 'like-minded' people...people who share some aspect of our world view, but that's obviously not the challenge.
Our challenge is to work towards accepting, understanding and appreciating the world view of others...those not within our comfortable social circles...even if we don't share that view.
At the dawning of Western civilization, Aristotle informed us that:
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
That sentiment is just as valid and relevant today as it was when spoken by Aristotle...if not more so!
In keeping with Aristotle's ideal, I present to you these 6 AWESOME resources for educating the mind, without indoctrinating it.
These reference sites deal with social studies and historical issues. After spending some time with them, I guarantee your understanding, confidence and ability to speak and think clearly about many of our most pressing social issues today, will improve! Enjoy.
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: This helpful encyclopedia from Stanford University helps people discover many philosophers and their ideas
- glbtq: Look up information about the gay, lesbian, transgender and queer culture using this vast online resource.
- The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Find everything you ever wanted to know about philosophy in one, simple to search place.
- Encyclopedia of Psychology: Find highly relevant information about mental illnesses, famous psychologists and theories through this online resource.
- HyperHistory: This site attempts to cover 3,000 years of world history in a concise and easily navigable and accessible way. Browse by people, places or events to find what you need.
- LookLex: Formerly known as the Encyclopedia of the Orient, this resource specializes in information from North Africa and the Middle East.