We spend our lives learning…to the day we die. I suspect that even the experience of passing away provides some education to our spirit or soul. I believe that it is an integral part of being a living entity, making mistakes, finding ourselves in new and curious situations. But it is important for all of us to acknowledge that we don’t know everything, and that what we do know has been learned in different ways and experienced through the lenses of dissimilar life paths.
I find that there is a burden on the party who has a different experience or view on a topic. The person who has had a divergent path is the one who is expected to justify their position and convince the recipient. This places people like me, a person who has had an atypical life journey, in a situation where we always have to be the educator, the one who has to justify our differing views.
Why can’t we all approach life and learning with an acceptance that the other party will likely have had some different experiences. Start a conversation with a statement such as “I acknowledge that our views might be different, but I would like to learn about what you know and how your life has brought you that knowledge.”
This seems so simple and respectful.