We Fear What We Don’t Understand

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I remember it like it was yesterday. Yes, I know that’s a cliché, but for all intents and purposes, it works. I was in my literature class, sitting in the furthest corner of the room away from the door, chatting with some friends during the free time our teacher had given us. It was a diverse corner of the room, and many of my friends had parents who were immigrants and still had a strong connection to lands outside of the United States. On this day, the subject of religion came up. Among us there were Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and Wiccans, and we spoke about the differences and traditions between each of the religions. We spoke about holidays, sacred days of worship, and even prominent figures within each religion. It was a real learning experience for all of us.

My teacher overheard our conversation and cut it short, saying that the topic of religion was forbidden in her classroom. The second the words left her mouth, I knew that she was afraid. It’s admittedly a touchy subject and if the wrong thing is said, a fight could have easily happened, at least in her eyes.

My friends and I were having an innocent and insightful discussion. Nobody raised their voices, argued, or anything even close to that. We were all open minded individuals, seeking to learn something new about each other. Of course, religion is a sensitive topic in any part of the world, but we all kept both ears open.

I bring this story up because it serves as an example. No matter which religion or part of the world my friends came from, we were all accepting of each other’s beliefs. What someone believes is their reality. It is true to them, so a belief can never be wrong in the eye of the beholder. Our belief system is what makes us who we are today and structures the way we interact with the world altogether.

The world would be a better place if we sat down and got a chance to know one another. We can learn a lot when we keep our ears open and our mouths closed. Understanding is the key to peace and happiness between us all.

Just look at the way children interact with each other. They don’t judge and willingly accept world that comes toward them. A child is lightyears ahead of an adult when it comes to being a good student.

Through an open minded approach, we can understand, and then sympathize with one another. Our bonds become stronger and the bridges of friendship are build right before our eyes.

People fear what they don’t understand, so make it a point to learn. You will find out that there is nothing to fear and that this world is much bigger and more glorious than we could have ever anticipated.

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Life Goes On

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In high school, everyone just wanted to be accepted.

When I was in high school, I hung around all sorts of people, because I too wanted to be accepted. I would dress like a certain group, talk like them, and even download whatever music they listened to.

With each passing year, I changed a little as I started to learn who I truly was, who Daevone truly was. Each new self-discovery distanced me from some of those I knew. Today, I look at some of the people I knew in high school and what used to be similarities between us have now become differences. They have changed and so have I.

Today, thinking about those friends who I no longer speak to struck a nerve because of the memories we’ve had together. Fun times, conversations, inside jokes, and just plain old companionship are all hard to forget.

People change as they grow older, and with those changes comes a sort of friction. We lose touch with some people we meet in our lives, but we’ll meet many more who share our interests as well.

Today, I have a wonderful group of friends who appreciate me and we share the same interests. It feels as though old friends were never lost, they were simply replaced and upgraded. I’ve learned that no matter where we live or who we chose to be, there will always be people who identify with us and would like to know us a little better.

There is no anger in my heart or feelings of regret. I’m thankful for those I’ve met and the experiences and memories we’ve shared together. I’ve simply learned that people move on, for better or for worse. The most important thing is to be yourself. Life goes on. The sun still rises in the morning and sets in the evening, no matter what. Be you.