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A plea for indifference

We live in changed times, in a blurred-out world, one without a well-defined framework. The uncertainty generates a hardening and rigidity. We cling to what we believe we know to give our opinion on things that we don’t know at all. We camouflage our anxieties, our repulsion and our matter-of-factly limited judgment by claiming that we reject all dogmatism.

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Whatever our individual personal background, cultural and tribal ties or education, we’re each left to face our truths which can only clash with the truths of others. Our opinions reduce everything and its opposite to the simplest and most definitive cliches (though we do look over our shoulder to make sure we’re not offending anyone.) The pathetic talk shows where guests cover each other’s voices should by now have demonstrated that if we don’t listen, we cannot be heard, nor, therefore, be understood. 

Pity. More thoughtful remarks, distancing oneself from banalities and the too-often-heard and an approach less cluttered with stereotypes would not only be more restful but might even allow people, even those with opposing opinions, to meet each other halfway. 

With a caveat: to meet each other halfway does not mean to understand each other, but rather, to accept that we don’t have all the answers, that the world is laughing at our efforts in this regard, claim as we might our openness, our good will, our extended hand. And so, no, we do not need to practice “dialogue,” a word which no longer holds any meaning in the ongoing cacophony. Let’s forget “dialogue” and the other sham words we bandy about. 

Case in point, tolerance. Why should we be tolerant? Humankind, composite and variegated, has survived for millennia. Not always calmly and peacefully but it has. Ethnicities, beliefs, races, can live side by side, and indeed often have, without necessarily mixing or appreciating each other.

I tend to my garden without looking over the hedge at the plants my neighbors favor, nor do I, especially, judge them because they prefer growing radishes rather than tomatoes. They are as free to believe in long-haired unicorns as I am to believe in angels, without either of us finding that the other is in the wrong, or try to show him/her the light. Replacing by indifference the pretend “tolerance” to which we pay lip service would make life easier. Not to say that we should not be interested in the needs of others. In fact, finding a solution to others’ plights would be made easier if we removed from the equation faiths and cultures that are not ours and that we fake-accept and often profess to admire.

W should be satisfied by living side by side with others, saying hello over the hedge that we will be prompt to cross if our neighbor needs us.

Categories: our world, Politics, Religion
  1. March 16, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Reblogged this on Random and Sundry Things and commented:
    Food for thought in an age of TMI and too little listening!

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