When was the last time you let your assumptions prevent you from having a conversation with someone whose opinions differ from you? How long will you keep closing your doors to someone who makes you uncomfortable?
It is not a secret that we live in a world where everyone has something to say about everything. That’s the reason why it is so easy to judge because we are greatly influenced by the opinion of others.
But you see, words have power. It can either make or break one’s life. And one voice is all it takes to change hundreds and thousands of lives.
The question is who do we listen to? Someone who supports us? Someone who praises us? Someone of the same color and religion? Or someone who’s different? Whose voice should we listen and value?
If I were to answer this question, my answer would be both. It is a given fact that most of us will value the voice or opinion of the people around our comfort zone because they keep us going. They motivate us and make us feel that we matter.
However, why should we listen with people that have a different stance from us? The reason is this: A man’s word exposes who he truly is, thus, it is through communication that you will get to know and understand him better. Yes, it is difficult. Yes, it may hurt.
But exposing ourselves to something difficult makes us grow and become better versions of ourselves.
You don’t have to agree with everything he says. If he says something good, then you learn something new and if he says something wrong, then you have an opportunity to correct him. Be the first one to actually listen. Give them a chance to express themselves.
Look at what’s inside their heart first, not their physical appearance. Don’t let your emotions and the opinions of others prevent you from doing so. Don’t assume and you may be surprised about how similar you two can be.
So, the next time you encounter people with opposite opinions, remember to keep an open heart and mind. Welcome them with sincerity. With all the chaos that is happening may we never forget that we are all connected.
We may be separated in places but the only way we can get through all of these is by being together. Be compassionate, kind, and understanding of one another despite imperfections.
If in the past you used to be the person who does something just because everyone is doing it even if it feels wrong, it is not too late to change. The change should start with ourselves.
Let’s build a better world for future generations. Let’s keep the mistakes of the past from happening again. Let’s educate ourselves. Let’s spread awareness without using violence. Let the hate and discrimination stop from our generation.
No color of skin, religion, gender, or nationality is greater than or less than the other. There is only one greatest race, and that is the human race. All voices matter. You matter.
Aira Guia is a simple, young, conservative Filipina who is determined to inspire her readers. Although she majored in Accounting, her passion for writing and her faith in God & all good things is what fuels her to create pieces that would hopefully encourage people to love & accept themselves and empower others to become their best version.
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