Tuesday, November 1, 2016
If you've read some of my previous posts, you'll know that accepting the existence of different perspectives is very important to me. When I saw this picture (on Ifunny), I immediately loved it. It's a modern and understandable example that though two people may be looking at the same thing, or have gone through the same experience, it is always interpreted differently. That's part of what makes humans individual.
I'm truly bothered when someone thinks they're right, and the other person is wrong, when it's just a difference of not only opinion, but also understand. Humans all have unique minds, backgrounds, environments, and factors. All of that combined explains how everyone, even twins, can have completely different lives. This is important not only for the growth of the individual, but of mankind as a whole.
Try something for me- when you come across an instance relatable to the picture above, just try to listen. Listening is the key to understanding and accepting that everyone has different experiences and different interpretations and perspectives.
I challenged this myself to do this when the 'preacher' came on campus last week, an extreme example. It was hard, especially with the rumors going around that he was only baiting people, and with how he was provoking people.
It works better with respectable people, obviously, but I love challenging myself by forcing myself to listen to messages ranging from small disagreements to very controversial topics to the ones that were being preached last week.
When you listen, make it at a simple disagreement- something that gives you a good chance of understanding perspective. From there, you can move on.
As is probably very obvious, I'm a case-by-case person that doesn't accept universal truths, and I care about other people's opinions and views. So just try- try to listen and see if you can figure out where the other person is coming from.