Thursday, August 20, 2015

Beauty is a Radiance That Originates From Within

It is of my opinion that the surest sign of weakness in a person’s belief system is a person's need to force others to adopt that ideology.  There is not just one single right way to approach an issue, regardless of a person's insistence that there is. 

It’s scary to admit that we don’t have all the answers,  that we don't know how to fix the things that are broken, or that we don't know how to make the world a better place for everyone to live in.  We can theorize, but without practice, we can't know. 

We live among billions of people who have different viewpoints from our own.  There are some people who prefer to assume they know what’s best for everyone.  It’s easier to dig in your heels than re-evaluate your viewpoint of the world in the light of new information.

You can see this “head-in-the-sand” syndrome with religion, with politics, with economics, and with lifestyle choices.  There are reasons I don't talk about these issues.  There are people out there who are so passionate about their beliefs that they don't want to hear other people's opinions.

I’m here to say that this type of thinking is a load of crap.  There are as many views on life as there are people on this planet, philosophies as there are thoughts.  That is because each individual has a different perspective.  We all have our own unique experiences, and circumstances, that determine how we view the world.

Those who are incapable of understanding that every standpoint is as valid as the one they hold, who see the world as being just one way, black and white instead of in shades of gray, are fooling themselves into thinking that those who don’t think like them are wrong.  They are the ones who are wrong.  We all have the right to decide for ourselves how we think in terms of our life.  Every encounter, every person we talk to, every connection we make, every new piece of knowledge we gain, leads to growth and evolution.

Those who are comfortable in their own beliefs have no need to bludgeon others with their ideologies.  It's important to think, to examine, to educate, to decide, and to act for yourself.  You should feel passionate about your convictions, but you should never shut off your mind to, or belittle, other people's beliefs.