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Speaking against majority is a sign of progressive intellectual. Commentse please.

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Asked by soumyen sarkar, 08 Sep '09 11:56 pm
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This statement of yours is a very bland one - something like a curry without salt. In what context are you making this statement?
Any person who speaks up against a majority could be doing so for various reasons.
Upstarts do it to attract attention
Politicians do it to attract people to a diametrically opposite way of looking at things and confuse the people, even if the majority opinion is absolutely correct. In Kerala, Industry has been ground to dust thanks to these armchair intellectuals building ivory towers built on castles in the air for the proletariat to stay in
Absolutely insane people are always suspicious of the majority - especially very intelligent schizophrenics whose opinions may have a good base, but off by miles when it comes to the practicality.

Having said all that, a progressive intellectual will be better off trying to justify his thoughts more with persuasion rather than blind opposition in words. They can do that only if he/she is in a forum where a deb ...more
Answered by Satish Kamath, 11 Sep '09 01:09 pm

 
  
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Why Soumyen, one has to speak against majority to prove one's progressive intellectual or debate capacity.. To me any one who possess Intellect will debate only when the subject matter needs to be argued for a progressive action against stagnated thinking.. whether such subject leads to majority or minority.. in hardly matters.. But the SUBJECT SHOULD BE AN APPROACHABLE SUBJECT otherwise it will be HOWLING INTELLECTUALS..:))
Answered by Sharmila Bose, 09 Sep '09 03:15 pm

 
  
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Not necessarily. The majority wants to live a peaceful life. If i advocate a dictatorial government, is that a sign of me being progressive ? In this case, one cannot generalise. On the other hand, if some one from the majority is willing to listen and respect the point of view of someone from minority, then that defenitely is a sign of a progressive mindset.
Answered by RAJAN MHAMAI, 08 Sep '09 11:58 pm

 
  
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Nope ---you are perhaps deviated in your statement . Since the established custom is that the self declared so called intellectuals speak against the establishment and not against the vox-populi--and such act of theirs is popularly identified as anti-incumbencey factor . Remind you that these intellectuals casn serf ansswins as per the requirements of the situation --an incident we have found with the "SUDHI SAMAJ"of West Bengal .
Answered by HARIJIBAN BANERJEE, 11 Sep '09 01:37 pm

 
  
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Not necessarily..the signs of an intellectual are too intellectual to be stated that easily in a single statement..intellectual never get caged in a single pattern as far as i have observed..!
Answered by bobo, 08 Sep '09 11:59 pm

 
  
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Speaking against majority, being a sign of a progressive intellect..the reflex would be an emphatic no..but if it means analyzing established norms irrespective of right or wrong, I do support this statement with added clarifications as it is too crude a saying..
Established norms, in a way becomes stale and starts producing lesser results as far as growth is concerned, but society sticks to it as it is too comforting..intellectuals take this lead and try to take out people from their comfort zone as growth is never possible in comfort and even the best of ideas exhaust after a while..its a constant process and intellectuals too get exhausted after a while just like the ideas..
Since majority always looks for comfort, indirectly it can be said that intellectuals speak against majority to take them out of their comfort zone to facilitate growth..and intellectuals too are no more than a tool for growth just as the majority or minority and other state of affairs..as every thesis is boun ...more
Answered by spiritx, 11 Sep '09 10:38 pm

 
  
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U r right. To follow any Tom, Dick & Harry one doesn't need brain or knowledge. This ugly trend is prevalent in India. Whatever the leader of a political party or organisation tells is taken as Gospel truth & the masses follow it. This results in widespread violence in the name of protests. There is a saying "The majority is not always right"
In fact the greatest curse of democracy is the principle of majority.
Answered by Babu K, 10 Sep '09 08:52 am

 
  
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Could be or could be not ,it depends whether the person is speaking really something progressive or just out of habit ,,, if some one has a plan ,a road map a vision on his ideas which may be clashing with majorototrian view why not ,that is how changes take place ,progression takes place
Answered by PeaceMission, 09 Sep '09 10:01 pm

 
  
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What we express is our individual opinion, based on our own understanding and ability to convey that in an inoffensive manner. But opposing a point of view only for the sake of opposing it or picking a hole in it or to be seen as some one with a different perspective and intellect or thought process borders on the propensity to be an egotist.

Even if we don't agree with the majority view, there is always a way to present our opinion in a palpable way that others would see merit in the line of thinking or view and will not be seen as something to affront the others. Even in disagreeing, there is a way to do it that makes it agreeable for others.
Answered by Omega, 09 Sep '09 09:52 pm

 
  
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No, Sir. I don`t agree. It amounts to saying that majority is always regressive and lacks intelligence. I can speak against majority only if I have to test my debating skills.
Answered by santosh kumar, 09 Sep '09 02:48 pm

 
  
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