Tag Archives: opinion

Labelling others as ignorant

The danger of labelling is obvious. It’s subjective and depends at which end of the telescope you are looking down.

The most ignorant thing could be to not listen to others and their views no matter how different they are to yours.

Failure to listen leads to not understanding, only hearing one part of the story leads to not understanding, and not understanding is indeed ignorance.

Ignorance comes from ignoring all aspects, all views and only listening to ours or the views of others within our echo chambers.

We could choose to open our minds and listen, often we choose not to as we fear to be wrong, so much easier to label people who believe different things to us as being ignorant.

It removes our accountability to understand different.

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Blindness and a spectrum of colour

Wonderfully, thanks to medical advances, the number of people whose sight is completely blind is declining.

Sadly, due to human regression, the number of people ‘blind’ to others, their views and situation is increasing.

To see others we must first learn to understand, listen without evaluation and empathise.

No matter how opposite our worldviews are with another person, we can only influence, if that is what we seek, by understanding their world, their experiences, their environment that has shaped their views.

After all, there is no black and white, right or wrong, just a giant spectrum of different coloured worldviews.