I often talk about difficult topics. Not because I think I know more than anyone or because I think that I am right but because they’re important to me. I learned from a young age that a heart unwilling to change fosters a mind unwilling to learn.
A part of our journey as humans is to meander outside of our comfort zone and to subsequently grow. The latter becomes unnecessarily difficult when we become so rooted in our beliefs that nothing anyone says or does influences our ability to discern between what is important and true and what isn’t…
We’re all aware that the truth is (plausibly) a subjective matter. Outside of our personal thoughts and ideas exists a very complex world of nuances that change everything. This isn’t to say that our experiences are meaningless rather that the world, culture, and society are far more complex than one experience, train of thought etc.
As a person who has their share of personal opinions, I find that it’s important to stay on top of what matters the most. I like to reiterate that being right isn’t the most important thing in the world. What is important is being understood—or at least trying. Realize that to understand and to be understood, we must first learn to truly listen.
The video I am sharing with you all is a Ted Talk by Megan Phelps-Roper, a former member of the Westboro Baptist Church.