Thursday, November 10, 2005

When goals are the same, the route doesn't matter

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
- H. Jackson Brown

When we find someone doing something or believing something differently from us, we have a natural desire to explain to them the error of their ways and why ours is much superior. This is a form of elitism, a belief that what we do and think is better than what others do and think, especially if their way is different from ours.

What we tend to see is the window dressing, the ritual, the outward fluff, not the core of the matter that concerns us. At heart, most of us seek the same goals for our lives.

If someone is seeking the same goals for their life as us, but is doing it differently, maybe it would be best to leave them to continue on their path. If the goals are the same, the results would be the same if there is no interference.

Pointing out that our ways are different from theirs is acceptable so long as we also note that our destinations are the same. That way we come to know and understand each other better, instead of creating enemies out of those who are different.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to bring the world together as one people with a common set of beliefs, instead of radically different cultural groups.
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