In my house live three men and one woman; myself, my brother, mother and father. I am the youngest at Twenty-One and my brother is two and a half years older. This as you can imagine can get quite... well, let's say 'heated'. Different opinions do not fly well in this house, and are often shot down. God help anyone who suggests anything outside of the norm. Alas, this person is 98 percent of the time, always me.
Anyone who has read my previous posts will see that I do not exactly think inside the box. I have always tried not to, as constant challenging and stretching of the norm is what progresses the human race. New discoveries and establishments of new boundaries, whether they be biological, astronomical, theological, etc. in nature, are always linked to the person who was willing think, and then proceed to something new and unorthodox. This is how I like to think. Always have done. My dad on the other hand, appears quite the opposite. I think those who have had the blessing of knowing and/or living with their father will find a familiarity in my frustrations here. My dad is very stuck on his opinions, what he says is truth. If he thinks that the weather outside is raining, then it is raining. If he thinks it is sunshine, then it is, no matter what anyone else may see with their own eyes. And no, before you think that I am just having a rant because me and my dad have had an argument, I am not. I refuse to discredit anyone, no matter how much I disagree with their opinion. Always 'Agree to Disagree'.
However, tonight has raised many questions, which I need to get down. The first of these is how to open someones mind to the point where they will see the other persons stand point, and then respect it. I fully understand that we humans very much enjoy being comfortable, and being established on what we believe. Every person has a strong opinion on something. I guess.. *sigh* it is 'human nature'. I really do hate that excuse. I myself have changed opinions on many things, before studying my degree I firmly believed that the only true Christianity is that which is western in culture, and sings only the latest and uplifting Christian worship music from the growing Christian celebrity culture. Now I am not so sure (as you can probably tell from my wording).
Tonight, myself, my dad and brother debated over whether, if a global disaster were to occur, whether natural or otherwise, that meant the human race had to start again with only memories of life before, would society be built on old notions of democracy, countries and ruling minorities?, or would a more utopian society be built that was free of crime, money, debt and corruption. I seemed to be on the losing side. Apparently greed, ruling elitism, a need for money, are all human nature. If we were to start from scratch, we would be much the same as we are today. I choose to believe very differently as I am sure you are aware by now.
This debate, like all discussions in my household, rose to anger, frustration, and ultimately division. I am now sitting in my room, confused at how people can be so stuck in there ways, to verbally destroy anything new idea or notion that would upset the norm. It annoys to the point of sadness. No two people are united on everything, I accept this. Yet we can at least be responsive to the other party, and try to see their point of view from their position right? If I was confronted by a cannibalistic wizard shaman who believed that image and money is the root of happiness, that the Moon is the wife of the Sun, and that stars are their offspring, where every third offspring needs to be sacrificed to the flying sky spirits, I would try to show them respect and at least attempt to see it from their point of view, however difficult this might be. I accept that many of my opinions need refining, and more research studied in order to actively support them. I accept that I can be wrong, as being wrong is not something to be afraid of, as something can be learnt as a result of it.
I really hope that our evolution takes us to a stage where all opinion is valid, however new, obscure and weird it may be. Every opinion is welcome, within reason of course. I guess I shall just have to keep my mouth shut, or face the consequences.
Sorry if that sounded like the disjointed ramblings of an opinionated student.
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