reply to post by Julio
Your inquiry seems honest, and I find the topic itself fascinating.
On all sides of the fence, I see people trying to convince others that their perspective is the "Truth." Very, very few are interested in actually
learning about anothers perspective. I find many, including myself, dont fully realize the disparity between two different "sentient" beings trying
to communicate something beyond words. By "beyond words" I mean pretty much anything from current thoughts, memories, concepts, etc. This is why
so many use riddles, because it foregoes the intrinsic limited nature of words and attempts to point to the experience itself. The idea is also said
as "a picture is worth a thousand words." I like to communicate it as asking someone to describe the last amazing sunset they saw, so that I may
what they experienced. Actually whittling down this experience into words would become so verbose, it would defeat the purpose
right from the start.
The concept may seem basic to some, but when I say I believe in God or that I claim Christianity, others consistently use their preconceived notions
about such a word to define how I see it. Instead of realizing the diversity and independence that actually exists between two beings, much less the
human race in totality. Nothing can ever be said to sway such stances, the individual must decide for themselves.
If one forces their idea of "truth" on another, I find it rather distasteful as well as arrogant. If one can help another question their own
inherently limited perspective of "truth," then I find that to be a beautiful thing. Though, both can end up having the same result.
I encourage others to have me question my beliefs. It is an avenue of growth. Though, it usually devolves (if it ever started out at a "high
level" in the first place) into a debate where the intent is to "win" rather than to "learn." When we are speaking of us, as humans, neither
side has the whole truth, innately. But, the goal tends to be to "conquer" by any means necessary. Including, apparently, making others cry.
Thinking that we individually, as pieces of the puzzle, have access the the "whole picture" is the very definition of missing the forest for the
trees. Oh well. Its funny in its way