I think there are a couple of things that would make life a lot more pleasant for ourselves as well as others, as individuals. One is if we could understand that it’s okay, and feel the freedom to state our beliefs or opinions, knowing that sometimes maybe we’re right, sometimes maybe we’re wrong, but it’s our opinion or belief and it’s perfectly okay to state it.
The other is to understand the same thing in reverse…to still care for and respect individuals who believe or think something differently, and to understand that they also should have the right and privilege to speak out about whatever it is they want to.
I’ve gotten a lot better about not getting upset (not always, but mostly, I think) when people disagree with me…even harshly. But it was a long time in coming. I used to keep silent a lot of the time unless I knew that my audience was an agreeable one. Not so anymore, in case you haven’t noticed. 🙂 I still argue my side too much and too long sometimes, but even that, I’ve gotten better about. Mostly, I don’t get offended or hurt anymore, if people get angry at me for my views/beliefs. I still do sometimes, but I’ve improved a lot on that I think.
We’re a mixed culture of people across this globe. We see things through different eyes…eyes that have seen a lot of various things, and from different perspectives. I think understanding that is the first key to mutually respecting everyone with their differences, regardless of what they are.
In the end, I admit that I like getting along with everyone…or I ‘would’ like that. But I also know it’s not possible unless I do refrain from telling people what I think…unless I strive to just be a ‘people pleaser’. But living that way…that’s dishonest. Withholding the truth of what I believe or think is not fair to myself or to others. If you know who I am, you can either accept or reject that based on the facts. If I hold back so that you will like, or approve of me, that’s just silly. 🙂