“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.”
― Aldous Huxley
Perception, the way in which we view the world... a constant flow of ideas floating in and out of our minds, shifting like the seasons.
What intrigues me, is how varied these streams of consciousness are from person to person. The differences make our world a colorful environment of light and beauty. That is until you come across a person who thinks differently form you, then things get mirky and the purity of your "reality" becomes a bit tainted.
People call these perceptions "opinions" and it is infuriating to us when people don't feel the way we do. We assume that things are what they are (making asses out of u and me), and that is all there is to it, black and white... but what if what you think is wrong or misguided, what then? Are you automatically a bad person? Are they?
I am all for people seeing things differently than I do... but here is where I get stuck- when those around me are absolutely unwilling to see things any other way than their own (misguided, old fashioned, or otherwise). When the conversation isn't even considered, they shut you down with closed ears, closed hearts, and closed minds. Disagreements are a normal part of everyday life, but having open dialog about the things we believe takes the power away from the faux pas topics, the taboo ideas of years past.
Maybe it's just me but I feel that stubbornness breeds ignorance and intolerance, which breeds hatred and resentment (a few things the world does NOT need more of). My question for you, dear reader, is this- does the way in which others view the world, music, art, etc, bother you? Are you willing to except other peoples perception? Or do you simply say "to hell with you sir! It is THIS way and NOT that."
It is a line blurred by time, upbringing, moral standing, and geographic location. Opening oneself to different ideas, not only listening, but hearing what others think, could open doors you never dreamt of walking through, teach you new skills, or inspire you to do things you never would have thought possible.
The world is vast, don't pigeon hole yourself just yet.