Monday, January 30, 2012

Embracing our differences

"We all see the world through our own unique lens. Accept our differences and differences of opinion; it's okay that we differ. But above all else, be a seeker of truth and of wisdom in all that you are and let your actions reflect that. There is much we don't know and peace comes with an open mind."

What stinks about posting things on Facebook or Twitter is that you can't really go in more depth about what you're saying or feeling. People can misinterpret you. I try to be as clear as I can but words can be so limiting sometimes. Here is a brief interpretation of the above quote, posted by me recently.

"We all see the world through our own unique lens" means that each and everyone of us has a perspective that is derived from our experience in life, our environment, our family history, and in many ways, our personalities and the genetics that have been passed down to us. Because we are all unique and see the world through our own lens, we naturally have differences.

But these differences (I'm focused on beliefs here) do not have to cause the pain and suffering between us that they often do. They do not have to lead to the discrimination, judgement, and violence that they do today.

We must accept our differences; accept the uniqueness of us all. And by being willing to accept our differences, we move closer to understanding each other. And as we better understand each other, we increase the opportunities for us to embrace our differences and show acts of kindness and compassion. Kindness and compassion naturally leads to a heightened willingness to see the other as part of you and to therefore, work with them for the common good; for the collective advancement of us all.

But questions may arise like: what if the other side is completely unwilling to accept or recognize my viewpoint and hates me for it? What if they are unabashed in their disrespect and discrimination? How do I respond to that?

I would say that you should seek the truth in the face of all things. As is said, "the truth will set you free." That you are true to who you are. That you let your words and your actions reflect your truth in all ways and despite the resistance of others.

And if you decide that you're truth is to respond with hatred, then that's your choice, but watch how your experience will only lead to more suffering and pain; to deep unhappiness.

In our strong beliefs we often forget that there is much we don't know about life and about ourselves. We think we have all the answers, when really, we're far from it. So accept the fact that there is much to be discovered and explored and seek to keep an open mind always. You may find that tomorrow you're opinion changes; that some new experience or idea changes your perspective and presents new opportunities for growth.