Perceptions can change, and will shift (even if just slightly) as we grow. We are human. Perceptions should change as we gain knowledge and understanding of the world around us, and as we interact with it.

 

By J.G. Lewis

Perception indeed.

One issue, any issue, may be viewed as right or wrong. Depending on personal morals, ethics, politics, spirituality (religion for those so inclined), or logic, we often grapple with what is correct. We are human.

Right or wrong may not seem obvious at times. Even the public (or popular) view of what is right, or wrong, is blurred in the present. So, we ask questions of each other, and more of our selves. The answers are not always there.

What is free speech, and what is considered hatred? Who has the right to say one thing, or another? We get caught up in the evolving and ever-present debate over right to live, or right to die. How we fill our minds or our stomachs, what we ingest or inject, can easily be criticized by others.

Is it wrong to questions another’s rights? Is it right to hold on so defiantly to our own beliefs? It is more than conscience or consensus. It is more than awareness. If we are to be free thinkers, perceptions are (and should remain) fluid.

Perceptions can change, and will shift (even if just slightly) as we grow. We are human. Perceptions should change as we gain knowledge and understanding of the world around us, and as we interact with it.

Our roles change, our minds and bodies change, as we adjust to our new perspective. I say ‘new perspective’ because how we see and understand the world—and our place within it—is bound to shift as we interpret both external and internal factors in our lives.

We need to remain open to the thoughts of others, and new paths, and altered intentions, if we are to even attempt to solidify our personal belief system. We are human.

How can we know right, if we have not witnessed what is wrong?

 

J.G. Lewis is a writer and photographer, a dreamer and wanderer, father and brother (an orphan of sorts), living in Toronto area. Formerly an award-winning journalist, he now writes mainly fiction and poetry. He practices Bikram Yoga, doesn’t take the camera out enough, and enjoys the snap, crackle and pop of music on vinyl. You can read more of J.G. on his website, www.mythosandmarginalia.com. Follow him on Facebook, catch his daily breath on Twitter at @sayit4word.

 

Photo: (source)

Editor: Dana Gornall

Stop Trying to Make Life Spiritual (It Already Is)

  By Debbie Lynn When we quit trying to make life spiritual, it becomes spiritual. Fairies and unicorns, ashes to ashes, we always want a shamanistic spark to enhance our routine so we wait. We wait and wait and lay the responsibility on the mythical, when the truth...

You are Resilient by Nature.

  By Darren Chittick As spring begins to unfold all around us, it is easy to consider resilience as "bouncing back." It is used in this way in much of the research available on the subject, and for many years that is exactly what I would have said resilience is....

When the Student is Ready the Teacher Appears…Hopefully.

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image=""...

The Desire to Feel One With Everything.

  By Sherrin Fitzer A Buddhist walks up to a hot dog stand and says, "Make me one with everything.” When I was 15 and working at Dunkin’ Donuts I remember a customer who had a Herman Hesse book with him; I believe it was The Glass Bead Game. I cannot say that I...

Comments

comments

The Tattooed Buddha

The Tattooed Buddha strives to be a noncompetitive, open space for the author’s authentic voice. We offer a dialogue that is aware and awake to the reality of our present day to day, tackling issues of community, environment, and compassionate living. A space for the everyday person, whether Buddhist, Hindu, Jew, Christian, Pagan, or secular humanist, we hope to provide a platform for a voice that seeks to change the world one article at a time.

Latest posts by The Tattooed Buddha (see all)

(Visited 124 times, 1 visits today)