It’s becoming harder and harder to hold a strong opinion about something, or feel a certain way. Because it’s all about perspective. You could be very right about your perception, but how can you be sure that the perception of others’ isn’t the right one? Or maybe there’s something there too?
A lot of recent events have made me realize that no matter what you see, what you feel, what you think is real (feeling like I’m rapping right now), can be understood differently by someone else.
Interestingly enough, your perception is your reality. However, your reality can be very different from those of others. We sometimes see things with tunnelled vision, especially when we’re dead centre of a heated argument or a disagreement between one or more parties. We struggle to show our perspective and attempt to mould our audience to our own perspective, since we genuinely believe that our point of view is the right one.
Society plays a huge role in drawing “right” and “wrong” perspectives. We depict our standpoints from societal norms, customs and values. This is why traveling the world can truly be an eye opener because you are forced to see and think outside your normal frame of mind. People will behave differently, react differently, express differently and above all treat you differently than your place of upbringing. Not only that, you will notice that people exhibit different traits and these are a direct result of their own upbringing.
This is one of the many reasons why it is so crucial to keep an open-mind when speaking to people of different cultural backgrounds. It is important to not jump to conclusions and to give the other person the benefit of the doubt. There may be certain aspects of their frame of mind that are influenced by past experiences and upbringing, and you cannot be certain about the objectivity of each individual you interact with.
What steps do you take to keep an open mind, and how do you allow or disallow the perceptions of others to influence or perhaps open up your mind?