It is not arrogant to think that you are right and that someone else is wrong; in other words, to hold a view. Â Arrogance comes not from holding a view (neither from holding it strongly!), but from holding it with a posture of self-importance and (to coin a term) ‘from-on-high-ness’.
I think I’m right about this, too!
After all, we all think we’re right, don’t we? Â I mean, who holds a view that they know to be wrong!? Â If you knew you were wrong, you’d either change your mind, or refrain from holding any particular view.
And (without delving too far [for me at least] into epistemology!) it is not ‘agnostic’ to merely refrain from holding a view. Â Indeed, it could be precisely because of some knowledge ‘x’, which you take as pretty trustworthy, that you refrain from holding view ‘y’.
- There is the Â lower-case ‘agnosticism’ (that all humans necessarily have about at least some things) which says “I don’t know…”
- …and there is the upper-case ‘Agnosticism’ (which few, if any in my view [!!], can sustain without stumbling upon something they think they know) which says “Nobody can know…”
So when it comes to conversations about various topical topics, if someone has a view and the other is ‘agnostic’, they are not automatically humble, patient and peaceful and the other arrogant, impatient and divisive. Â One can be a very arrogant, impatient and divisive brand of agnostic. Â I know some. Â And one can hold a view with great conviction while still being humble, patient and peaceful. Â I try (and fail often) to do this with any strong views I hold.