There is a phrase here in America that says “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”
Here in America, we are currently faced with anti-Asian and anti African-American Bias. This bias is not something that we are born with. It becomes part of our lives through a misunderstanding of who we are.
Every day we make decisions, many of these decisions are based on pre-conceived ideas and beliefs that have been engrained in our minds from our youth, some by our peers, some by family traditions and fears, some by schooling, some by media. At a time with so much chaos going on in our world, one of the biggest crises we face is the crises of perception: a crises of understanding who we truly are as people.
Albert Einstein has said that:
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
Imagine how we can transform our thinking so that we improve our quality of life through a shift in perspective. Instead of judging people by their skin colour, their race, gender, sexual preferences, age, education, existing perceived abilities, what if we can transform to a culture of acceptance, so that we can truly overcome our misunderstandings of who we are and find better ways of working together?
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