If you haven’t felt and seen it already this may come as a news flash to you: the world, both in the physical and virtual dimension, is more fragmented and polarized than ever before. Everyone is claiming their space, their label, and everyone believes their perspective is the right one. Very often, this subjective perspective is portrayed as “the most right / correct of all the perspectives”. Naturally, when hundreds and thousands of such perspectives meet in one place, we find ourselves in the world we are surrounded by today. Conflicts on meaningless arbitrary topics, and arguments trying to convince others about how right we are.
Before you instantly react and say something as expected as “that’s so true”, or some version of that, I invite you to take a few moments to reflect and see the last time you did that. Even wanting to be open-minded, the most woke people have a tendency to project and fall into idealism and righteousness.
Acknowledging you have this trait doesn’t change what is real. It simply makes you aware of what is alive in you. And this is the space from which there is a real potential for transformation.
In this space let’s avoid the temptation to use words such as “right and wrong”, “good and bad” - we have enough other places to discuss what that is. Let us come up with new ways to respond, interact, and have constructive conversations where we at least attempt to understand others.
Ask questions to others on why they said something. Make the effort to understand the motivations and perspectives of others before writing them off with a label – that’s far too easy and puts the “blame” on the other. If you reacted it is likely something was triggered in you that you may not be consciously aware of yet. Take the opportunity to connect with yourself by understanding and connecting with the “other”.
As always, suggestions, discussions, evolution of the idea is welcome.