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How Do You See It?

April 25, 2010

There are two ways to look at life.  Yep.  I said it.

Only two ways, you say?  To look at all of life?


I’ve been pondering for some years how it is that there is always friction in the world when it seems that we share more ideals in common than in conflict.  Religion, values, family values, freedom, democracy, socialism, good, evil, right, wrong, materialism, profit, power.  These words and ideas are bandied about as the reasons that we have to fight each other. We fight over how to treat illness, how to promote wellness, how to grow and consume food, how to how to treat animals, how to pray.  In the worst scenarios we kill one another – dramatically and on a mass scale – over these concepts, taking permanently the breath from those on “the other side.”

You’ve heard before the half-empty vs. half-full scenario and it is a true way to understand perspectives but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

There is a philosophy that ascribes that most importantly there is evil in the world and that this evil must be fought, clobbered, destroyed, annihilated for goodness to thrive.  There is another philosophy that imputes that most importantly there is beauty and goodness in the world that must be sought out, nurtured, loved and protected for goodness to thrive.  Few of us fall at the most dramatic ends of this philosophical scale, but we are definitely on it – and we are not sitting on the fence in the middle.  We are primarily of one philosophy or the other and our belief in the theory to which we subscribe forms how we see every issue, from parenting to city planning to education to democracy to gardening to healthcare.

We need not be conscious of our philosophical leanings to be molded by them. Being aware of our innermost, heartfelt, subconscious blueprinting helps us to understand who we are and who we are not.

So, <deep breath here> how do you see the world?

Wishing you room to breathe, a.

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