In the previous post, we talked about how it is important to push back against confusion and misunderstanding. We talked about how it’s important to push back against those because if we can clear up confusion and misunderstanding, it’s easier to push back against evil.
Why? Because evil likes to create confusion.
Evil likes to use misunderstanding to hide from the light of day.
Now I want to make it more personal. I don’t want to talk about government policies that are confusing. I don’t want to talk about how the motives behind what so and so does are being misunderstood.
I want to talk about you. I want to talk about me.
I can’t speak for you, maybe you do. I don’t.
Don’t what? I don’t know everything.
Not even close. Actually, so far from close that it’s funny to even think about.
But I know that if I get smarter, I can make more of a difference. If I ask questions, I can learn more. If I read about things, I can learn what is going on.
Most people are more afraid of what they don’t know about than what they do. If they don’t understand what is happening or why, that can create fear. It can create contempt.
I don’t understand your music – so it must be bad music.
I don’t understand your language – so you must be talking nasty about something or someone.
I don’t understand your religion so I don’t like you.
The list can go on and on and on.
But if I do understand, then I can see you for you, not for what I didn’t understand.
If I do understand, then I can see the reason behind behaviors and not be afraid of the behaviors as evil or hostile.
If I understand your history, then I can appreciate your cultural festivals and respect them and you better.
If I understand the reason behind events in history, then I can see them for the impact they have on you and on me.
Most people are afraid of things that they don’t understand.
Many people will, when they understand things or people or traditions or habits or whatever, respond in a way that furthers communication and relationships.
And that makes the world a better place.