Opinions

An opinion. Probably one of the biggest causes of conflicts regardless of where you are, who you are, or your circumstances. Everyone has an opinion, and as I am sure you will all know they are shaped by the environment you grew up in and are currently living in. Now I am also sure that many of you know that the environment in which you grew up in is not the same one as your neighbors or even people in your family. And we all know that this leads us to have very different and diverse opinions that we have today in the world.

The issue with opinion nowadays is that people often feel as if they cannot voice their opinion because it has been condemned as wrong by another group. I am not supporting or giving a pass to extremist’s views and such, but rather, the opposing opinion between liberal-minded people and more conservative minded people, for example. This is a common opposition that we see a lot nowadays, and what both opinions have in common is that they like to say that the other opinion is wrong. Which is something you cannot say, why? Because we praise the fact that we have freedom of speech, and thought and religion, yet we do not like it when someone voices their opinion, which they are entitled too, and it does not match ours.

Which has been deemed as normal, as it is and was the reason for so many wars and conflicts past and present? Because one group said your wrong, and the other said no you are wrong.

When dealing with a group or person who has a different opinion, you need to keep in mind that they are shaped by their environment. Most of the time you will not have a single clue as to why people think the way they do. Even more so, that means that you need to respect them. They, like you, have lived and experienced the good and bad that life has to offer, and maybe they took it differently than you did, but that does not give you the right to tell them that they are wrong, or bad. And vice versa, they cannot tell you that your opinion is wrong or bad.

This is what I challenge you to do, the next time you are discussing anything really, and the person is saying the opposite of what you think or what you want to hear, pause for a moment and think about how that person most likely disagrees with your views. Think about how they were shaped in a very different way. When we do not take the time to understand someone else’s point of view, we are the “bad guys”. However, if you do try and take the time to understand an opposing point of view or opinion, you are creating peace, tolerance, and understanding, which are all things the world needs more of.

Instead of bringing hate and opposition in the world, bring open communication, compromise, and understanding. All values that no matter what opinion you have, you will want.

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Light in the Dark

These days we find ourselves surrounded by darkness, but we need to remember that when we unite together against that darkness, we are a bright light that cannot be extinguished. I thought I would share with you today some quotes that I read to remind myself that dark times come to an end eventually, and that light and hope can shine through.

“Dark times lie ahead of us, and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right”.- Dumbledore

“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times when one only remembers to turn on the light”.- J.K. Rowling

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that”.- Martin Luther King Jr.

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness”. – unknown author

“Dark times won’t last forever”. – unknown author

 

I hope that you keep fighting, and keep being a bright light in the world…

Have a wonderful day!

How Global Support is Increasing

**Just a disclaimer, I realize that there are thousands of other horrible events that have happened around the world, but the ones mentioned are the ones that affect me the most. If you want to share any other world event that needs attention please leave it down below in the comments! We will be happy to learn and expand our knowledge, and help in any way we can! Thank you. **

On a global scale, we saw Donald Trump get inaugurated as President of the United States, and then a Women’s march, alongside many other groups that opposed Donald Trump.

More recently, we have seen Donald Trump put a ban on Syrian refugees (and Muslims from a total of 7 countries) from entering the United States. He has also signed an anti-abortion executive order and much more.  On Sunday that just passed, we saw a terrorist attack on a mosque in Quebec City that killed 6 people and injured 8 (number as of Monday morning after the shooting).

It has definitely has been a trying time for humanity, but these events definitely did not go unnoticed. In an instant people were protesting the ban of refugees at airports. Huge vigils and support from around the world flooded into the Quebec. There was a Women’s March and many sister marches around the world in solidarity. Quite honestly I think 2017 will be a record year for the number of protests across the world.

The silver lining in these tragic and incomprehensible events is how much stronger humanity has become. We have chosen to unite ourselves, rather than be divided by them. The energy and involvement of people have skyrocketed, and it is the people who are taking things into their hands and joining in movements of solidarity. Our world is no longer made up of countries who do not interfere with each other. On a government level that is still true, but in terms of the population, they have chosen to help in whatever way they can from around the world. The sister marches for the Women’s March in Washington DC were not just in the United States, but they were also around the world. We are moving into a time where the concept of community, is happening on a global scale.

If you need the world’s help, I hope you know that the world is slowly starting to help out more and more, and will defend and help you as much as they possibly can.