What would happen if there was an ideological moratorium? A period of time where you step back from your own ideology, beliefs, affiliations, in fact your own thoughts, ideas and suggestions about a particular subject and sincerely allow the ideas of your opposition to flow into your realm of consideration. What do you think would happen?
Once we begin to stop trying to convert people to your views and take a moment to recognize everyone’s humanity and honestly appreciate their ideals, then we can move towards where we want to be as an individual, a community, a nation and world civilization. Then we can begin to end the age old conversations, debates and contentions that have remained between us.
When we stop trying to slice and dice the facts in a way that we appear on the side of truth and justice and how the people you proclaim are so wrong, so unjust is when you can begin to see their humanity for the secular or the image of God for the non-secular.
I continue to find the truth in this one statement by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that I repeat again. I’ve heard it before, but once it really registered it was like a thirst was quenched. “We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality; I can not be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be.” Once we concern ourselves with what’s humane instead of justifiable, change will begin.
We all are guilt of the ‘Drum Major Instinct’. It’s a need to be right, recognized, noted, admired or aligns ourselves with what’s popular or socially expedient. I too am fearful of failure and rejection, although I’m comfortable and well acquainted with it now I still find myself wanting to take the easy route.
The personal policy I want to leave with you is one that I seem to continue to work to perfect. When you’re willing to give someone a chance, more often they’re willing to give you a chance. Disagree with my positions, beliefs or ideology, but when you unclench your ‘fist’ that’s when we can walk towards change and a better day together and not divided.
So what would happen if there was an ideological moratorium?
Thank for reading my thoughts, ideas & suggestions.
References & Inspirations Rabbi Brad Hirschfield Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Frederick K.C. Price Bishop Andrew Valentine