When I lived in Istanbul, I was told by many people that I was too “Utopian,” and that my thinking was simply wrong. By the time I’d moved down to Izmir, I was beginning to believe them. I caught myself thinking a thought that I knew I disagreed with on principle, yet had at first instant thought, “yes, of course.”
As I considered it further, I found myself angry for letting myself be biased.
Take responsibility to reflect upon how our attitudes and actions affect the rest of the world, aka Adulting, is part of the Four Freedoms movement .
We will never stop having biases, but we can certainly train ourselves, as to prevent or at least recognize our prejudices, and stop short of acting senselessly on them.
I think that the Quakers have a good point, when they say that ‘an un-examined life is a life half led’ or to that effect (oops, looked it up: apparently my Quaker friend got it mostly a bit differently from Socrates…): we cannot live as fully aware human beings, taking advantage of our faculties for human thought (as opposed to basic survival and fear thoughts, which are lizard-brain!) until we learn to check our knee-jerk reactions before they translate into action and then into habit (and then into a mitzvah (commanded deed), as the Jewish saying goes…).
Side Mitzvah Note: I often thing of my own knee-jerk reactions as aveira (sin) for myself, given that I have always had a quick temper, and always have to stop myself short and think.
What do you think, Dear Readers?
Action Items in support of reflection that you can take right now:
1.) Search for two different sources to translate the word “reflect” into Turkish.
2.) Share them with us in the comments, here, please.
3.) Write a book, blog post or tweet that uses that word, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.
Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?
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