Do This 1 Thing To Make The World A Better Place
Now, more than ever, it is important to cultivate a world view combined with a set of opinions based on a wide range of life experiences. We generally develop our opinions over a period of time based upon the experiences lived through.
If you grew up in a small, rural town in the South, you are likely to think about things differently than somebody that grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Your thoughts on race, culture, and economics have the potential to be vastly different. That does not make either person wrong. We each have to make assumptions about people and the world as a whole based upon the knowledge and experiences that we have shared.
Because of that, it is extremely important to lead a life in which you are constantly expanding your set of experiences. If you grew up in a small town, spend some time in a big city. I’m not talking for the weekend; really get to know the area and the people. Ask them why they live there and what they like best. You do not have to agree with their answers, but it is important to be able to see from their perspective in order to have a better understanding of people in general.
If you grew up in the big city, spend some time in Small Town, U.S.A. Travel to different states and countries. Surround yourself with people that do not look like you, speak like you, or think like you do. What books are these people reading? What news do they watch? What food do they eat? What do they do for fun? Find out the answer and give them a shot yourself!
I believe that if we are able to live a life rich in experiences, our thoughts and opinions will carry more weight and have more depth. We will be able to see why the other side thinks the way they do. Again, we may not agree with them, but at least are able to understand that they believe what they do based on the life they have lived.
My opinions on Mexicans has never been negative, but after living in Mexico I am much more able to connect with Hispanics, their way of life, and understand-although from a privileged distance-some struggles that Mexican families go through. I do not agree with some of Donald Trump’s tactics in immigration reform and “protecting our border”, but from living in a small town and having family members that share conservative viewpoints, I am able to understand why many people support these initiatives.
Traveling the world to experience different cultures is not feasible for most people. However, the internet and public libraries make overcoming the barrier simple. Sure, you still have to do the hard work of reading about things you may disagree with at first, watching news channels you despise, or learning about cultures that bore you. But keep an open mind. Read and watch these outlets with a keen eye towards learning why people do what they do and why think the way they do.
An extremely important skill in life is to be able to connect with others. If you have a vast knowledge base and a set of extensive life experiences, you will be more likely to find common ground between yourself and others. So for the sake of a happier, healthier, more harmonious world, live a life that maximizes the diversity of experiences you have led.
Keep it Kinetic,