The need to be right is surely at the root of all discord across this planet. My beliefs are the right ones! My religion is the right one! My country, my race, my gender... All these things we feel we need to enforce with 'rightness'. We will even sacrifice our own life, and put others in danger, in order to defend this belief in being right.
But how can we know another's truth? And why is our right better than theirs? Why do we need validation in the first place, and why do we need to judge others whose right is not as ours?
We are different from one another. All of us are different - our very structure is different. We are not the same, one size does not fit all. Why can we not be content, and even in awe of the diversity that we are?
When someone steps up and shares their truth, it is often met with distrust, condemnation and sometimes even aggression. It is as if the difference in another is a threat in some way, and the fear of opening the mind might mean a loss of power. It is as if to embrace another's diversity means to diminish oneself.
How can we grow if we do not embrace all life? How can we hope for a loving, thriving world if we refuse to accept the wholeness of others?
It starts with ourselves.
To set aside the need to be right, immediately brings an end to the torment.
I do not need to be right.
'wise men do not need to prove a point...' Lao Tzu
I do so hope to become the wiser...