I’ve had somewhat similar experiences too! With acknowledging the humanity in people who are different from us, I mean.
It’s really interesting how being confident in your beliefs plus being exposed to beliefs drastically different from your own affect you. It’s an awesome learning opportunity, and it helps you understand the diversity of humanity.
My most recent experience isn’t related to listening to someone with hurtful or objectively wrong views, but it was still interesting for me.
I’ve increasingly distanced myself from my childhood faith as I’ve grown older (much to the dismay of my parents). And by being unapologetic about my views, I’m starting to find “my tribe” quite naturally. Whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing is hard to say, but I’m surrounded almost completely by people who think the same as me. It really wasn’t on purpose, it just happened. We’re attracted to people who act and think and behave like us, and we’re repelled by people who are extremely different.
Anyway, the other day I was sharing some cool videos with my mom, and we started to have this discussion about “wisdom from the flesh” vs “wisdom from God”. Just the fact that my mom saw some distinction between two types of wisdom made me pause. I found it really cool that she saw a difference that I hadn’t previously considered. She saw something that I didn’t.
And quite honestly, I still don’t see the difference. I think wisdom is wisdom. Wisdom inherently comes from God, Fate, the Universe, the Self, whatever you call the highest, purest power in the world. But I don’t think that my personal convictions discredit my mom’s view of wisdom at all. We just categorize things differently. We perceive things differently. And that’s all fine by me.
So yeah, it’s really interesting to consider how the world looks through someone else’s eyes.