Black and White
Science or religion? The age-old question.
Is there really a God or are we simply here because of a coincidental merging of elements?
Science seems to approach this question from the perspective of how things work, while religion seems to focus more on why. Yet aren’t both relevant to our search for the truth?
This battle and many others like it have raged for hundreds of years with very little resolution.
We continue to argue as to whether things in the world are this way or that, which answer is right and which one is wrong.
Why, in a world that is so peppered with grey, do we continue to ask so many black-and-white questions? Haven’t we reached the point in our evolution where we can clearly see that the word ‘or’ is not serving us as well as it once did.
In the movie Forrest Gump, while standing at his wife’s grave, Forrest says to Jenny: “I don’t know if Momma was right or if, if it’s Lieutenant Dan. I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happening at the same time.”
I believe the time has come for each of us to take a page from Forrest’s book and approach our lives from his perspective.
We all want to better understand the truth about our world and our place in it. We also want to be heard and have our opinions valued, or at the very least, entertained.
Each of us can begin by becoming more aware of our intentions as we share our individual perspectives and start including the word ‘and’ in our vocabulary.
Ask yourself, are you simply looking to be right about your position or do you want to learn and actively participate in collectively understanding the truth we all seek?
Stephen Covey, author of the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People wrote: “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
Are we willing to allow two (sometimes opposing) truths to exist in a moment and lean in with an intention of understanding? Or will we just continue to lean back with the intent of being right and defend?
Maybe accepting this dichotomy is what can lead us to that clearer understanding of our universe.
At the very least, it will help create a more harmonious experience of life on our planet.
What are your thoughts? (comments below)
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