I’ve had a few discussions in the last few months that have confirmed for me that ignorance is a choice. In a time where we can Google anything, read books online or have them read to us in the form of audio books, there is no lack of resources to educate ourselves. Regardless of the topic, if you want to learn more, you can. Some of us choose not to.
In one conversation I had recently, I said to the individual I was talking to that their view on a subject was coming from a place of fear and that fear comes from a lack of understanding. Their response to my comment was that they didn’t want to understand. They were quite clear in stating that they had no interest or desire to understand another perspective. As troubling as it was to hear that, it was the truth.
When we realize and accept that some people will consciously choose not to look at another perspective, we have two choices: spin our wheels in mud trying to convince someone of something they will never entertain or accept that their viewpoint is their viewpoint and keep it moving. I’ll admit that this has been a challenge for me on some subjects more than others. Racism, bigotry and prejudice are non-negotiable for me. I will always speak my mind on these topics, but I won’t argue with anyone convicted in their ignorance.
It’s one thing to not know and be open to understanding. It’s a completely different story when someone chooses not to try to be open to another viewpoint. I enjoy learning. I know I have a lot more to learn about life and I’m open to the wisdom, knowledge and experience of others.
I have gained the most knowledge from learning from the experiences of others. Having debates on topics I thought I knew about and being introduced to a different point of view has contributed to my growth. Personal growth, especially on a spiritual level, is one of my focuses for this year. I have learned a lot over the years, and I know that there is so much more to learn.
Are my viewpoints always right? Absolutely not! I am open to learning and understanding. That’s my choice. I’ve now come to understand and respect that others choose differently and now the challenge is to accept and be okay with it 😉