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Throughout the pathways of life, we meet people, relatives, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, and strangers who come and go. These encounters, regardless of circumstances lead us to form an opinion about that individual, whether positive or negative. We watch, observe and listen to the words they speak and what they do, and quickly we find an ounce of merit to validate why our opinion is the way it is, even if that opinion has no merit itself.
We tend to judge people based on our varied differences, past unfavorable encounters, or on the opinionated and biased voices within our inner circles. Yet, in such judgment regarding “otherisms”, do we understand their back-story? Are we willing to lay down the gauntlets, swords, knives, and firearms to sit, talk and learn why people are the way they are, think the way they think, and behave as they behave, even if we find those reasons less credible or impossible to fathom?
We may have expert coaches in their respective fields, but no one is truly an expert fixer of the innate behavior of others. The fixing has to manifest from the individual. Are they willing to make the necessary changes if they feel the need to?
We ask such questions, seeking ongoing solutions but can only be held accountable for our actions, reactions, speech, compassion, and attitudes in the mire of the problem. If everyone looked within the chambers of their heart to see if they represent themselves in such a way that would shine a light of hope and inspiration on others instead of imposing their deep personal seeds of darkness on unsuspecting souls, then humanity may have a humane chance after all. Besides, when you look at it, we are indeed more alike than different, whether we want to admit it or not.