If there is anything these past few days have taught me, it is that one of the biggest problem of humanity is The Lack Of Understanding… (Bear with me on this one)
Every man has a certain amount of knowledge which forms the ground on which they stand and operate with, and whether we like it or not, this amount of knowledge we have acquired molds us into who we are and what we become. It doesn’t matter at first if what we think we know is the complete truth or half a lie, the most important thing is that we believe what we know and are willing to defend it.
But guess what? You are not the only one living on this earth.
What you know is different from what I know. What you believe is the truth is different from what I believe is the truth. The experiences that taught you what you know now may differ from what I have been through, and so the issue for us now is, how then do we find a common ground to interact?
Here enters the problem of understanding. Let’s take this apart in a layman’s way.
To UNDERstand someone, is to STAND UNDER that person. It is as it were, to put yourself under someone else in order for you to look up at (not to) that person. The idea is for you to make yourself see what that person is seeing the way the person sees it. To feel what that person feels in a manner that you can relate to it. It is not as if at this point your own views become totally irrelevant, but this is a deliberate act of you choosing to subject your own views and knowledge to the jury.
So to understand someone is to WILLINGLY choose to see what the person is seeing and how the person sees it at that moment, and it takes a great deal of strength to display this attitude.
So here lies our problem…we are not ready and willing to put ourselves and ideas and knowledge under another person. We can’t imagining bringing ourselves into subjection of another person. We believe what we know is the whole truth, so therefore every other person should fall in line. But if we all live with this notion that we are always completely right, tell me, who then is wrong?
Definitely not me, will be your answer.