Given the fact that we are all the product of our individual upbringing, development and experiences, we will feel different about many different issues.
But for us to accept our experiences, we must begin to feel comfortable in our own skin. We must unconditionally learn to accept ourselves. So that we don’t get hurt, we put barriers up to protect ourselves, instead of opening up.
The world would be very small and less diverse if we all thought the same things and had the same beliefs. But we must learn to embrace each other through our different cultures and beliefs. Being open to other people’s beliefs, brings about opportunities for us to learn and respect each other’s similarities and values, as well as our differences.
These are the qualities that make us unique, but it is our uniqueness that can also drive us apart. When we close our mind to the possibilities of learning about others, we close the door to tolerance, understanding and acceptance.
Our life only ever encompasses and mirrors the people around us as long as we’re open enough; otherwise our world becomes even smaller. We must learn to adapt and accept what others have to offer.
In retrospect, even if we don’t agree we should at least learn to respect.