I have read that if one has a particular world-view, they search for and find evidence in support of that view, and are satisfied that they are right. In addition they will ignore, dismiss and outright condemn any evidence contrary to their supposition. This to me is incredibly unhealthy and is at the root of the great divide in the state of discourse today.
The reason I am pondering this at this time is that I have, lately, been inundated with all kinds of contradictory images and supposed accurate evidence of a particular view that isn’t supported by what I have seen with my own eyes. I am no longer interested in allowing my ego to have me believe that I am in the right and shouldn’t entertain opposing viewpoints.
I spent almost my entire adult life thinking that I knew what was best for me, which nearly led to my leaving this existence at an early age. Well lucky (or maybe not) for me and the rest of the world, I had to come to grips with the idea that I am probably and more times than not WRONG. I needed to open my mind and be willing and honest enough to consider that my beliefs and behaviors were self-defeating. It is my contention today that suffering is the result of resisting “what is”
Fall/Autumn has come to a sudden halt and winter has arrived a bit early is what is happening in my neck of the woods. I have developed a practice that includes relying multiple sources. Taking time everyday in devotion to God and Christ, reading praying and meditating. In addition I need to get outside. “Growth does not occur in my comfort zone.”
It has become something that I am very interested in, that being, we need to be able to talk to one another, beyond the shelter of our devices. Alas here we are separated from each other by a virus that from my perspective has practically eliminated the flu. What’s really going on? Do we really have all the facts? Are we being given accurate information? What is the actual objective? Divide and Conquer?
Is everyone welcome at your table? Even those with whom you disagree?