Do you see the world in black and white? Do you observe the world in black and white? Do you consider situations to be black and white? Do you take perspective on the grey?
Yeah, we’re not talking about the physiological trait that allows people to see the world only in the absence of color and the blending of all colors. I’m talking about your perspectives, experiences, understandings, and opinions on life.
- Black and white – One or the other in a given situation, right or wrong, one way or the highway, take without giving.
- Grey – An understanding that there’s more to a situation, no one is right nor wrong, an attempt to hear all sides to gain perspective, giving and taking.
The grey represents the ability to see the details: our conditioning, our programming, our influences, our education, our reasonings, our inspirations, our habits, our intelligence, our beliefs, our nutrition, our genetics, our environment.
The black and white can be the result of those details…
For instance, when a person is steadfast in their claim that a chair is black they could be very well fueled by their details: an education that taught them that “black” is actually navy blue to the rest of the world; the chair could have been in a dim-light room which made the chair look black, but once a claim is in place there is a conditioning of pride that prevents one to be “wrong;” the person couldn’t have eaten much all day and a lack of calories could have produced a “slower” brain response to think a brown chair is black; or there is a need to be “right” just to prove the other wrong out of spite, influences, habits, beliefs, reasonings, and just all of the above.
I used a very dumbed-down example to illustrate how our personal details can really turn something simple into a complex situation.
There are details to every situation. While it may not always be necessary to look into the details whenever an opinion, decision, conflict, difference, or confrontation arise, it certainly doesn’t hurt to consider them or to put them into perspective. Try to really look into the details of yourself first before you go ahead judging, assuming, or deflecting on others. It may take a while and it may bring up some painful truths, but getting to know yourself for who you have become can help pave the way for who you want to be.
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