What do we owe others? Do we owe anything? We live in a society with many people, and through their hard work we have risen to great heights. Does that mean we must give back in some way? I think perhaps we can’t help but give back. Each of us working does something to carry the whole forward. No matter your job, you are part of society. As a writer I hope to contribute ideas. Making something that is in part enjoyable to read, but also gives something of my own opinions to others. Does this mean I am owed appreciation from others? Not necessarily. I am owed nothing. However to those that appreciate my perspectives, whether agreed upon or not, should contribute to their continuation. If you can afford it, give some of your hard earn dollars to those that you enjoy. If you cannot afford to do so, share the ideas. I am not saying you must repost anything made you like, but at least converse with others to spread the ideas. Personally I want to live in a world where we can all respect one another. If someone is different, and has come to different conclusions, they should be free to live in their own way. You do not have to talk with them, but it would benefit understandings you may not have. I am not religious, and yet I respect others who feel the world is different than I perceive it. I take the time to talk with those that have faith in things I do not, and I feel I have a greater understanding of how the world looks to them. That is if they give me the same opportunity to communicate my thoughts. If they stonewall me, then there is little to trade, as they will not answer my questions about why they feel that way. It is easy enough to say that you believe in something without reason, just admit to it. If you have a reason, please explain. Each person is worthy of getting to know, but I cannot know you if you do not describe your understanding. To not listen to one another is the same as viewing another as inhuman. Not worthy of talking with. Those of even the same faith find it hard to converse when there is a mild difference. In large part I think that is because of the unwillingness to listen to their side. We all have sides, and should take the time to discuss them all. Let not the old saying of “In polite company never talk about religion, politics, sex, or money.”, rule you. These things must be discussed, or there will never be an understanding. Delve deep into each others psyche. Nothing is gained when you reduce your conversations to simple topics. Discuss the hard ones. Listen with a careful ear, and learn to understand the people around you.
Update – 10 pages of the 3rd novel edited. I’m trying to make my way back to the conflict, and discover a means of pushing ahead.
“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.” ― Ralph G. Nichols
– Steven Oaks
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