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Yesterday I read a post on a conservative website that incensed me to new heights. I have scheduled it to post tomorrow in an attempt to sit on it until I calm down.
Thankfully, this occurrence, which happens a few times a year for me, led me to soul search a bit and then bring this up with you.
Often people say things that we do not necessarily agree with. Hopefully the exchange is shared in a way that you can take in, digest, make your opinions about and then release - pleasantly.
However, what happens when the exchange promotes rudeness, vileness and goes against your grain?
Many tend to lash out. Many take a defensive stance and become obnoxious.
Sometimes, to avoid offending anyone, I steer away from controversial issues. However, I also often feel I must stand up for the weak, the different, the minority, and the voiceless because they are trampled and lost in the mayhem.
Those who have conquered and attempted to maintain a firm thumb on this society, never let up. They do not like to sit quietly, wait their turn, or let someone else have their day, let alone say.
SO, in the name of Health and Happiness, I may never let the post run. But, I do want to share with you that it is important to consider the other man. Walk in their shoes, albeit figuratively.
Taking the time to fully extend yourself, educate yourself, and consider all angles broadens not only your mind, but your spirit and soul within.
This world is made up of SO many different ideas, ideals, languages, beliefs, practices - who are any of us to say what is wrong and what is right?
Leave that to the Maker.
Embracing differences does not mean you need to alter who you are.
In our great land we can all try to be what we envision. We can ALL make achievements to seek and ultimately realize what we want to become. We should encourage one another. We should listen and learn each other's songs.
Learning is a good thing - who knows, one day you may love the rhythm so much that you step up, break out and sing.