Ever notice how everywhere you look - on social media, your friends, the people you tend to get along with, the shows you watch and the influencers you follow - you see all the same views and opinions? That must mean that’s the popular vote, right? That most people think the way you do, right? Wrong. We are all more comfortable around people that think like we do, so we gravitate towards like-minded individuals. Social media has become the behemoth it is today precisely by serving you content you will enjoy, not by showing you things that may make you upset. While there is nothing wrong with surrounding yourself with what you like—first be sure it actually IS what you believe, and not what you assume is the “truth” because some algorithm stuck it in front of your face. There is an entire world of perspectives and information hiding in plain sight, right outside your bubble of familiar safety. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I can personally say that listening to people who initially made me cringe has dramatically changed my views on some pretty big topics. And where my views haven’t changed, I am more sure of my reasoning and have an understanding of why others feel differently. It may sound extreme to say vegans should watch a video on hunting culture, that the extreme feminists should attend a men’s issues lecture, or death penalty advocates should listen to an interview of an inmate on death row. But it is my belief that we don’t solve major issues by demonizing others. Understanding and empathy go much further than hatred and shame. You can’t ridicule someone over to your way of thinking. It’s fine to have strong opinions, just be sure you know why you hold them, and that they truly are your own. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📽Clip is from an interview with @the.entrepreneurs.journey #TheEntrepreneursJourney More to come! You can watch the full interview on their Youtube channel (link on @the.entrepreneurs.journey profile). Thanks @danielbreez & @jmccrayfitnessofficial for making this happen!