Week 8: Understand each other.
For the last week of Awareness, Week 8 is about finding ways to understand each other.
I believe we could solve a lot of problems if we were all a little more understanding of each other. Looking at a global level many wars, crimes and hate stem from the lack of understanding. Or I guess the lack of willingness to understand other races, cultures, practices, and religions. So much violence comes from different beliefs and being stuck in our own ways and not being open to the idea that someone can think differently than we do. There is a quote that sums up my thoughts on this: “Know that the greatest fear is fear of the unknown,” by Jonathan Lockwood Huie. We are afraid of of what we don’t know, of what we don’t understand, but by learning to understand what we don’t know we can no longer be afraid of it.
Although difficult to change the world over night, there are many ways we can work on a greater understanding by focusing on what is happening in our own communities. Here are some ideas:
- Pick up a book about a religion different than yours. Then read it.
- Attend different religious events. Go to a Church, Mosque, Synagogue, Temple, etc., and experience the peace they have to offer. Even if you are not religious, it is still important to learn about what others believe.
- Make friends, join groups, and get involved with other organizations with a different race or culture than you. This one may sound obvious, but so often we find ourselves with “like people.” People like ourselves. It’s time we really become a melting pot have a network of all types of people.
The more we are able to learn about each other, the more we will be able to understand and accept that it is OK to be and think differently than one another. It will just become the norm.
Peace and love,