by Dr. Ken Larsen
The inner turmoil that comes from conflict can rob us of our mental health and happiness.
Much of that inner turmoil, I believe, comes from the compulsion to “be right.”
I recently heard Tara Brach make the claim that the world is divided by those who think they are right.
There seems to be a trend to belittle and call names to those who may have a differing point of view.
Can we simply state our position, and then listen carefully to the other, trying to understand?
A quote from Wayne Dyer recently floated through Facebook. It got a lot of “likes”. Here’s the quote:
“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.”
Most of us strongly oppose bullying. I believe we need to stop and recognize that the disrespectful attacks on another because their beliefs don’t coincide with yours is a form of bullying. A bully seeks to overpower another. This can be done on the playground, or it can happen in the political arena, or any place where opinions clash. How about the old proverb, “live and let live.”?
The common bond of our humanity takes precedence over our differing opinions. Aren’t we tired of history repeating itself time and time again with the clashes that lead to violence? These clashes have an understandable beginning. One person is convinced he is right and is equally convinced that the other person is wrong. Can we step back a bit and look at ourselves, listening to what we are thinking and saying about others? Then ask if what we are doing is getting us what we want. If we step away from the sort of hostility I am describing, I believe we have a better chance to maintain our mental health and happiness.