Am I Right?
I believe that spicy curry is one of the tastiest dishes in the world.
I believe that books need to be arranged according to their height on the bookshelf.
I believe that the church should be more tolerant and accepting of homosexuals.
Am I right?
I think I am, but what I’ve just said is going to result in two general kinds of reactions. One of support, and another of disgusted uproar.
There can’t be two rights can there? And if there isn’t, who is right?
I’d like to believe that I’m right. I like to believe that my world view, my opinions and the way I approach certain matters is the right way to do it. After all, it’s worked for me and got me this far hasn’t it?
So when someone disagrees with me, when someone approaches something differently, and most of all, when someone doesn’t subscribe to my values, my opinions, my methods, I get frustrated, annoyed and somewhat disdainful of them.
And may the heavens show mercy on the person who does not understand what I’m saying. How can they be so stupid as to not see my point of view? How can they be so thick and not realise what I’m trying to express?
Haven’t I been just a tad egotistical, measuring everything against how I would think, feel, see, do? Just when did I become the yardstick of everything? Not since I last checked a second ago.
As far as I know, God is still in charge and I’m nothing more than a fallible, sinful human being.
So why am I demanding that everything be done according to my standards?
Maybe it’s time I start realising that we have all been created differently, with different priorities and different opinions. Maybe it's time I start realising that we all process things at a different rate and are guided by different value systems.
Maybe when I do that, I'll start being more tolerant of others.
Am I right?