Victory From Chaos Coaching
What do you think about euthanasia?
(Don’t let the title fool you!)
When one of my sisters was writing a report in high school, she asked
my father, “What do you think about euthanasia?” After considering
the question, he responded, “Well, I think they’re about like kids
everywhere.” My sister had been reading about euthanasia but in my
father’s mind, she was talking about youth in Asia. They were coming
from two vastly different perspectives.
Take a moment to glance and this picture.
Here’s another; what do you see in this one?
There are no wrong answers. What you see depends on your
perspective. If you had an opportunity to rent a one-bedroom apartment for $2000,
would you jump at the chance? For those in New York City, this may
sound like a great price. But for those in Selma, Alabama, $2000 for a
one-bedroom apartment would be astronomical.
A child who grows up in a stable home will not see things the same as
one who doesn’t. Eric was taken from his home and placed in foster
care, unfortunately, that home wasn’t a fit, and he was bounced around
to 3 other foster care homes before he reached adulthood. Tim, on the
other hand, grew up in a loving home and had great emotional and
physical support. While Tim went on to pursue his dream of becoming a
motivational speaker, Eric, went to prison for dealing drugs. Which do
you think had a positive perspective on life?
Understanding and accepting the perspectives of others is pivotal if we
desire to work toward an open mindset. We don’t necessarily have to
agree with said perspectives, but we do need to understand why we
don’t all see things the same way. If we don’t, we open ourselves up to
judge and to be judged.
In American society, it has long been the case that many judge others
based on ethnicity, cultural differences, and financial standing. I reflect
on my high school days and there were 3 types of students. The preps,
who wore expensive clothes and always had the best of everything,
were looked at as more worthy than others to the teachers. The hoods,
those who smoked weed and got into fights, were seen as overall
Then there were the students who didn’t fit into either
category. Not good enough to be a prep and not bad enough to be a
hood. They seemed to just be drifting along wondering where they fit
in. In the tenth grade, I was approached by a prep who invited me to
hang with her and her friends.
The stipulations were that I had to stop hanging around the friends I had made, buy a few pairs of Levy’s and get
the right make-up. Not willing to give up my friends, I stayed in the
middle with the other wanderers. Of course, the prep did speak to me
on the side sometimes when her cronies weren’t with her.
If we, as individuals, would stop judging others long enough to get to
know them, we might find that we have more in common than not.
When we look past financial differences, we may find that those we
consider to be poor are actually quite wealthy. Having loads of money
doesn’t define a person as being successful, nor does it ensure
happiness. Have you ever judged someone based solely on race? What
about culture? When we do this, not only are we harming others, but
we are closing the door to new experiences and friendships.
Feel free to share your opinion.