Why does difference bother some more than others?
Is it a manifestation of their upbringing?
Is it because they lacked something necessary when they were young?
Some, despite their circumstances, are able to rise above it.
Others live their entire lives accepting only one way – their way.
How do you change how another views the world when that other sees no reason to change?
Is it even your problem to fix?
Maybe, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ in the matter.
Maybe, you’re just as caught up in your own self-righteousness.
These ruminations are not directly related to the result of the elections, but if you find them relevant, then I do hope they provide some food for thought.
But I suppose the problem of difference is at the heart of the matter. It’s not that difference in and of itself is problematic; it’s that we don’t allow for it. This is not limited to political views; it seems to colour every aspect of our human lives. Size, intellect, race, ethnicity, religion, ability.
For those of us who seek to eradicate systemic injustice or discrimination, do we ever take the time to reflect on whether or not we implicitly accept the current terms and definitions? Perhaps you do. But I know, and I hope it’s unconscious, that sometimes I don’t. The fact that I attempted to calculate how many calories I’ve just consumed at breakfast shows me that I do accept one way of being or doing – in some aspects.
As a believer in God, I do believe there is such a thing as ‘right’ and ‘wrong.’ But there are limits to this. Rightness and wrongness in certain personal matters does not mean I am then to be judge, jury, and executioner to those who don’t do or believe exactly as I do. I don’t know what’s in their hearts.
But more importantly, do I always know what’s in mine?