When thinking about making the world a better place, what do you think about? One might say solving certain problems like homelessness, pollution, curing disease, preventing and solving horrendous crimes like rape and murder. Why can’t we make the world a perfect place for everyone? I think it’s because what we all call the perfect world is so different for each and every one of us. Most people may not even consider the fact that our perspectives all vary more than we know. It’s both simple and; somehow, more complicated than we usually do know.
I have had a thought that echoes in my mind. How do I know what version of blue I see is the same version I see. Might it be possible that while we all learn to identify the same color, it could look to us all individually; differently. The rules of the world are definitely still the same for all of us; we are all subject to things such as gravity. However, could it be possible that we all learn to interact similarly to how we learn our colors? Wouldn’t this explain why something that makes one person happy make one person sad?
This is one of the reasons that makes honesty so valuable. Secrets can breed hate, confusion, and anger. Privacy is needed to safeguard against misunderstanding. Trust is key to know yourself and the world. There seems to be an art with trust. One can’t just blindly trust, and yet one can’t completely distrust either. Trust is usually established over time; something that is consistent with an expectation is said to be trusted. Is forgiveness our tool for repairing trust; both in ourselves and each other?
When I consider what learning is, I can reduce it all to trial and error. It is impossible to go through life without making mistakes and learn anything. Anyone who believes that they are perfect are simultaneously in denial and setting themselves up for failure. In order to grow, one must look past the fear, anger, confusion, and doubt. The unknown is all around us, and we’re all just trying to make sense of it.
We owe it to ourselves and each other to allow one another to live our lives as we see fit, but not without limit. We must treat each other with respect, no matter what our differences or transgressions. Punishment can only be effective if something is learned from it; otherwise it is just torture. It is up to each and every one of us to make the world a better place, and to start, we need to forgive and respect each other; no matter how difficult.
The cost of forgiveness can be a few things like admitting failure, giving up control, and even forgiving one’s enemies. Most things that happen in life are completely random, and some are by design. We are all headed to the same place in the end and what happens there is anyone’s guess. This is the thing that binds us all, however.
Forgiveness isn’t guaranteed either; however, all is not lost. Forgiveness must first come from one’s self. Anger is a weight that can hold you down into a pit of confusion, hopelessness, and despair. There are no answers in punishment, though, and the dead are unable to apologize or forgive.
Differences should be looked at in a positive light when possible. Marking something as negative can lead to ignorance. We are all created equal with differences. We will all have success, failure, and make mistakes. Just because one can’t understand how a mistake was made shouldn’t preclude the mistake’s condemnation. Only through true understanding can we achieve true forgiveness. Only through true forgiveness can we achieve true peace. Only in true peace can we make the world a better place.