You are reading the ongoing writing process for a new book of daily reflections/meditations. Already published by this author is “Cast A Long Shadow”, 90 daily reading for our journey through life. This book is now available as a Kindle e-book, (you don’t need to have a Kindle to download and read it on your computer) as well as still being available direct from the publisher, on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.ukand other Amazon European sites
Have you ever been stopped by someone carrying out an opinion poll and asked your view on something?
What I find amazing is that all of us will come up with an answer to the question, even if, a second before, we would have had no position on the matter.
It is as if our minds are wired to always need to give an answer to a question, and so, when asked about on a certain matter, it comes up with a position to take.
This may be of little consequence in most cases, but sometimes this inner need to have a view can be actively harmful.
Sometime, we can take a position on the spur of the moment, and then our minds start to rationalize it.
We come up with any number of reasons why our position is correct, and why other views are at fault.
But actually, this is all ego based – it is us wanting to be shown to be right, even when we suspect deep inside that we may be wrong.
In fact, it is often when the position we have taken has little foundation that we feel the need to shore it up as best we can, rather than admit that we may have been wrong.
In order to keep ourselves protected from any suggestion of being wrong in our position, we can become overbearing, or overly insistent, or just down right rude.
And all because we once took a position on something, and are now too scared to re-think it.
Because there are very few issues that are so cut and dried that there is only one right position.
On most things there can be a number of views, all of them “right” in their own terms; and all of them “wrong” in some part of their argument.
When we take a position that the only way is our way, we close down any possibility of change or growth.
We can learn from everyone, and from every point of view – we do not need to agree with everything we hear, but we can at least respect the person saying it.
When we insist that there is only one position possible on a topic, we close down the world, and make it a smaller place.