GRE Essay Topic 186 - Present your perspective on the issue below, using relevant reasons and/or examples to support your views. "We can usually learn much more from people whose views we share than from people whose views contradict our own; disagreement can cause stress and inhibit learning."
In many cases when we discuss something with others we get too involved in the conversation and let our emotions
In many cases when we discuss something with others we get too involved in the conversation and let our emotions carry us away. The discussion evolves into an argument that ends up with a quarrel. The stress of such situation inhibits learning and leaves us unsatisfied. I believe, that if people were able to control their temper and anger they could learn more from those with opposite views.
Everyone knows a saying Argument gives birth to the truth. Very often when we speak with people who have different understanding of familiar things we realize how little we see by ourselves. Sometimes, to find the solution to a problem we need to look at it from a different angle. People whose views contradict our own can help us in doing it. Broader look makes us get out of the closet and see what we have never seen before. Familiar things seem brighter and more complicated. We are able to look behind a curtain and learn from that new experience.
People with different views have different experience. That experience may come from their background and culture, from books they read and movies they watch. Communicating with those people enables us see things that weve never seen before. We get a chance to learn something completely unknown, something that we may never get a chance to learn. So, different views mean different culture and knowledge that we can acquire if we wont let emotions get on our way during the discussion or argument.
Combination brings innovation. If we listen to people with different opinion and try to understand them, well be able to produce new things, modernize our life. When we combine two opposites we may make a great discovery. Who knows how many innovations wouldnt have been made if scientists with different points of view hadnt find a way to communicate and understand one another?
Emotions are an important part of everyones life. But sometimes they distract us from listening and understanding other people. If someone doesnt share your opinion it doesnt mean that he/she wants to hurt you. It means that you have great opportunity to learn from that person and teach him/her something in return. Different doesnt mean wrong. We can learn more from people whose views are different from our own.