When we were young, no boundaries existed. No one needed to be better than the other. No one cared who won or lost the game as long as it was played.
The truth is that as we grow into contributing members of society, we begin to play by its pre-defined rules. These rules then dictate how we view others. This viewpoint then makes us judgemental. And being judgemental is the beginning of unfair biases and inequalities.
This pattern of behaviour is fostered in us. We don’t realise it but it seeps in, in so many subtle ways. We imbibe the subliminal messages. We are coloured by what we read and hear. We form opinions based on social stimuli and public sentiment. While we don’t mean to, aren’t we taking in all this communication subconsciously?
The dilemma is when information turns to persuasion that goes against your code. When you seek knowledge and are fed dogma. When you want to know the reality and are met with the rhetoric. Because the more often you hear it, the more it rankles on the inside and colours your reactions on the outside.
Being your own friend, philosopher, guide is so important now. You need to be the barometer of what works ethically for you. Introspection is the beginning of knowing where your views come from. Examining your perspectives can tell you what makes you really tick. Looking into yourself is a moral DNA test. But if you remain a stranger to yourself, you’ll never reach your fullest potential. Be you…