Warm Southern Breeze

"… there is no such thing as nothing."

Does it matter what we say? Yes, and don’t take it personally.

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sometimes, folks get an “I’m right and you’re wrong” mindset when they approach defending any subject. Naturally, that can tend to lead toward hurt feelings by one, both, or more parties. The way that typically happens is that someone, or both parties “take it personally,” as if the issue under discussion is predicated upon what they say – in essence, what happens is that one or more parties’ perceive that their own personal sense of veracity and authority is questioned, which would in essence make them as a liar.

Human nature being what it is, the resulting breakdown in communication is often taken as an affront to one’s character, rather than as a point of teaching, of understanding or of strengthening relationship. Further complicating matters is the fact that not everyone has equal ability to teach or explain, or to understand. To acknowledge that is not a condemnation. Again, it’s just human nature that we all have differing interests and abilities. For example, one would not typically expect an astrophysicist to know the history of baroque music, nor would we expect a landscape architect or gardener to understand – or even be aware of – quantum physics.

And yet, by merely acknowledging our differences is not to infer that there is no such thing as truth, right or wrong, correct or incorrect, for two plus two will always be four, no matter what anyone else may express to the contrary. It is how we approach the matter that makes the difference.

Do we demonstrate respect to one another? Are we patient when we attempt to explain or teach?

Sometimes, we take for granted that others know or understand with our sense of understanding. And even with twins – those unique human beings who shared a womb in their development and birth – that is quite simply impossible.

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