“Man is not intended to see through the eyes of another, hear through another’s ears nor comprehend with another’s brain. Each human creature has individual endowment, power and responsibility in the creative plan of God. Therefore, depend upon your own reason and judgment and adhere to the outcome of your own investigation; otherwise, you will be utterly submerged in the sea of ignorance and deprived of all the bounties of God.” ~ Abdu’l-Baha …
We each have our own way of seeing the world. It is unique to each of us; it is our own, and we should value it above all other perspectives–for no one can see the world like we do. But in recognizing this truth, we must also accept our perspective for what it also is: a limited perspective on an unlimited world.
If we wish to experience a fulfilling life, we must do so through own eyes, ears, thoughts, reasoning, and judgment. But if we are to be fair in life, we must also value the perspectives of others, too, as being just as valuable and valid as our own. Every single individual has experienced life in their own unique way, dealing with different experiences and travelling different paths, and it is not up to us to force our own unique way of thinking upon them. If we do so, we diminish them as a person, and we show a lack of respect for the unique soul created with individuality and purpose by a loving God.
We must strive to maintain an awareness of how and when we try to make others “see things our way,” so that we can restrain from doing so; for the world becomes a very narrow and limited place when we labor to convince others that only we see things in the truly right way. Instead of trying to get the world to see through our eyes, and hear through our ears, we should aim to encourage others to see the world as they were created to see it. In addition, we should also attempt to understand the way they see things–in a new light and a different perspective–so that we can come to learn more about life, living, and purpose.
Respect the unique individuality and perspective of others.
Questions to consider:
How can we show respect for the multitude of ways in which other individuals see life? How can we come to more openly value their unique perspectives?
Why do many individuals confuse the concept of “teaching” as trying to get others to see things their way?
What are some of the benefits of allowing others to explain to us their ways of seeing things? How effective of a learning tool is this towards our own personal growth?
For further thought:
“Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.” ~ John Jakes