Recently I overheard a conversation about a video someone didn’t like. They had chosen to stop watching this informational video because they didn’t not agree with a small statement (which was not the purpose of the video). I thought this was interesting. Intrigued, I popped over and watched the video. It was enlightening, and I didn’t necessarily agree with everything but I certainly learned some things. Had I stopped at the beginning, I would not have learned anything.
What do we miss when we tune out?
Personally I find it very interesting to surround myself with people I don’t always agree with on everything. Serial killers and thieves need not apply, but I am intrigued by people of varying opinions, occupations, cultures and ways of life. When I was an exchange student during my senior year in high school, I ran into this quite a lot. Although it’s part of growing up, learning how to communicate with people of varying cultures, language and opinions was certainly a wonderful experience. It taught me a lot about listening, adapting and thinking for myself.
If we were all alike, this would sure be a boring planet to live on.
I think one of the reasons I enjoy varied company is it gives me a chance to really think about what I believe on certain subjects. I may feel very strongly on one issue, and yet hearing another perspective can be very enlightening! I had a conversation with a friend recently, which made me think. She and I were very opposite on an issue, and yet listening to her perspective made me see the issue in an entirely new way. It’s a way I hadn’t thought of!
It’s all about your perspective.
My perspective on life or even just chocolate ice cream might be well and dandy for me. Taking a moment to try out something new or listen to someone else’s view just might change my mind or yours. It also might reinforce your beliefs with a new spin.