Disclaimer: I am not a professional in any way. This was just something I thought was important to say. Also this comes from a strongly Christain perspective on the world.
”Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’”
Around the globe no matter our background, ethnicity or religion we all experience and witness some kind of societal stereotype being shoved on us or others. Whether it be subtle, like simply giving a FAB (female at birth) only pink things for their birthday, or completely outright, such as assuming ALL Asian people are incredibly intelligent. Doing and saying things like this separate people into groups. This may not always affect us right away, but over time we become more secluded. We only hang out with people that have the same beliefs, opinions and ideas. This can change our view of “outsiders” (people not in our bubble.) in a negative way. We may not even realize how our words and actions to “outsiders” can really hurt them, further distancing these groups from each other.
To make it clearer, here's an analogy.
Say that Bob loves the color pink. All he can talk about is this color. But Amy likes the color green! She wants to talk about her color too but Bob won’t listen to her. She gets hurt and doesn’t want to hang out with Bob anymore. So instead she finds other green loving people. Bob goes and does the same thing. Soon all the colors in the entire world are grouped together in their little bubbles. No one likes the other. Some say “The Yellows look like pee!” or “ The Greens only it veggies, gross.” even “That’s such a Blue thing to do!” Day after day judgement flies between the bubbles. All assuming, never loving.
But Imagine if Orange breaks away from their bubble. Instead of passing judgment they take the time to hear what Green has to say. Orange takes the time to hear them out and in turn discusses their favorite color. Soon all the colors break away from their bubbles. They learn things about each other that they never knew before. They stop making assumptions and judging each other. Keep in mind they still have their favorite colors but the difference being that they accept and love one another.
Now wouldn’t that be a lovely, good world? Everyone is accepting, never assuming, non-judgemental and loving towards the other. We needn’t all have to agree on the same subjects or have the same beliefs, but at least open our eyes and ears to differing opinions. So I challenge you to take the time to open your ears and listen to what people have to say about their beliefs, interests and opinions. For, despite our many differences, we are all human after all.
Critiques on fluidity and consistency are strongly appreciated!
Thanks for reading :)