How do we know we might have a view that deserves our own scrutiny?
When was the last time you changed your mind about a deeply entrenched belief?
Or…more mildy, when have you been open to having one of your sacred cows up for challenge?
Most of us hold righteous fundamental views about some things.
There are some views worth fighting for. Human justice. Dignity. Sovereign rights. Responsibilities.
There are many beliefs and views that are so enculturated that we fail to question them. They have been embedded in our psyche by others…our family, our community, our religion, our education. Like parasites they attach themselves to our worldview, shaping us without us knowing.
In a divisive world being willing to explore our own righteousness is a path towards healing.
How do we know we might have a view that deserves our own scrutiny? We hold a charge when someone tests it. That charge can be expressed as defensiveness, righteousness, indignation, hurt, incredulity.
Our reflex is to argue for this view we hold. We might instead pause, take a breath, and ask ourselves why this triggers us so much. Therein lies our potential freedom.
This is not easy to do. I struggle with it often as I enjoy my righteousness as much as anyone. Yet what triggers and charges us is the key to our own wholeness.
Photo taken May 27th 2021