The Best and the Worst

Sometimes I get so caught up with an idea or a thought that I only see it from one perspective, and it's beautiful! I think only about how my particular take on a topic is perfect and how everyone else should agree with me if they would take time to understand it from my perspective, which is obviously the best perspective. I will even admit to thinking that anyone who thinks I'm wrong, misinformed, or just a bit off, must be intellectually inferior.

Other times, I get so caught up explaining the fallacies of someone else's thought, idea, or perspective, that I can't seem to get away from it. How can anyone think that? I can't seem to find an angle that allows me to see that perspective or to understand that thought.

Learning is about trying to understand new thoughts and new ideas. Understanding is the ability to connect with another thought or idea, even if it is different from your own. Understanding doesn't imply condoning the idea or action. Whether you think something is the best or the worst depends entirely on your perspective. Getting out of your own head to understand another person is part of what makes a civil society.

The best me wants to learn while the worst me wants to explain why I'm right or why you're wrong. The worst me looks for people and information that reinforces what I want to believe or think (called confirmation bias). The best me searches out differing opinions and works through each of them. It's so much easier to be the worst me, but so much more productive to be the best me.

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