Where did the term neck of the woods come from?
As I sit on a bench admiring the lovely Spanish Moss adorning the trees, I ponder a this and other things.. What am I doing with my life? Why? What is life? Why is life?
I think it's open for interpretation. Lately I have contemplated the previous circle of thought like clockwork. As usual, there have been ideas coming to light which are profoundly difficult for me to comprehend. Lately I have embraced the unknowingness with open arms; and it has hugged me back.
Although I have strong opinions, I know that most of what I know to be the "truth" is only relative to me. For instance, some people genuinely believe that not all humans deserve to be treated equally. The same goes for almost any hot issue on the table. Promiscuity, abortion, politics, and religion to list a few. To ourselves, our opinions are completely logical facts. To others, it might seem absurd. However, although I highly disagree with others on occasion, I recognize that from their cultural lense; it is plain as day.
Once I accepted this, I learned to become much more "chill" with people who are different than me. They push the boundaries of what I know.
Skepticism is defined as "the theory that certain knowledge is impossible". We all have opinions, and rightfully so. The challenge now begins to define what ethical, and morality means to me. Changing the opinion of others can only come from the reflection of spreading what one know. Through interaction we learn to grow, adapt, and change.
I was told long ago that it's impossible to convince someone of an idea, unless they agree or relate to your premise. (The position your opinion is stated from). And who knows, it may be you find validity in their premise. Or maybe not. Either way, it's worth a shot, right? ;)
So on this thought, I encourage you to sit down with your trump supporting parents, your racist boss, and your close minded peers. Attempt to see things from their perspective and truly understand why they believe what they believe. Even if you don't agree, you now have a firmer stance of why you oppose the idea. Your position is more firmly supported and stretched by experience.