I have a hard time comprehending the minds of stubborn and close-minded people, people. Yes people, people whom are always amongst people but is not genuinely a people person. (try saying that 3 times fast!) I'm not sure if it is because I think of things from a broad standpoint or that I am far beyond analytical, but people and their lack of multidimensional thinking bothers me. It also bothers me that I am even concerned with this type of thing so I figured I would write it out, read it back to myself, and try to move past it.
Some people live with contradictory consciences. They want to be treated one way, yet they treat others in another. They have certain beliefs that they believe others should respect, yet they don't accept others on the terms of their beliefs, and make concrete misconceptions of character, yet they expect to evolve and progress. It's clear that people will always form their own opinions. We were given eyes to create perspective. Perspective on which we can decide left or right, up or down, right or wrong. Okay, I get that. However, does it hurt to think through each of the options. When people are quick to judgement, it reflects a lazy state of mind; the first and quickest response is what we believe to be our first mind and therefore the better choice. But, perhaps it takes a hardworking mind to consider all options. I really believe that, that was the initial intent of the phrase, "think before you speak." Perhaps it will allot you time to fully process what is in front of you or rummaging through your mind.
So, how do we expect this from others when we don't practice it ourselves? The answer is that we have to practice it too (seems easy right). How can we expect others to forgive us for the things that we have done when we are slow to forgive others? How can we expect people to think openly when we are quick to stick to our stubbornness when we are the advice givers? It just doesn't work. As cliche as it is, it is very true to say, be the change that you want to see. I am strong believer in karma. I believe what you exert you get back. Trust, me, I feel that I am paying a small price for the negativity that I have ejected into the universe. I believe karma to be the consequence of doing something wrong. Karma works in a funny way because you can do something to somebody one day and not mentally pay for it until 2 or 3 years down the line. Seems odd but I can always tell when something that I have done is coming full circle. In vice versa, I believe a blessing comes from the good ejected into the universe; good karma. When you do good, good will be brought onto you.
In conclusion, why be square when you could be round? Everyone doesn't have to think the same way, but respect one's own individuality. Just think of how many people put up with your narrow-minded, stubborn, ignorant, negative, traditional, normal...ass.