What is disharmony? Disharmony is lack of harmony or agreement. Disharmony can be seen between two individuals quarreling (e.g. a couple arguing about finances), which can range to a collective group of individuals quarreling (e.g. a country starting a war with another).
We all live our lives with our own experiences that form our beliefs, our opinions, and perspectives of life. This forms our subjective truth. The problem arises when people or a collective group of people believe that their ideologies are the objective truth (e.g. the colour red is better than the colour purple). Objective truth is one truth that’s the same for all people (e.g. the weather, time, external environment).
We have been given belief systems from our parents, schools, media and other factors that influence our perspectives. This can be a dilemma, because, once our beliefs and opinions are questioned, it is natural that our ego’s will automatically tell us to get defensive and retaliate. The truth hurts, but in this case – the subjective truth hurts. Practicing to listen despite what you think and feel is a skill that can be practiced.
In team sports such as football, basketball, and rugby, it is important to work as a ‘team’. If team-mate Bob decides to make decisions independently from the rest of players, based on his subjective truth, that makes him believe whatever he is doing is correct – the rest of the team will suffer the consequences as a result of the Bob’s selfishness. Bob will most likely receive an earful after the game by his fellow team-mates and his coach, about showing off and sabotaging the team as a result. In a sports team, you have to be accountable for your actions otherwise your team will not reach it’s full potential. In the same regard, generally, I think it’s important to be accountable for how we treat people’s thoughts, opinions and beliefs.
In a sports team, you have to be accountable for your actions otherwise your team will not reach it’s full potential. In the same regard, I believe the human race is the biggest team that has not yet reached it’s potential.
In a previous article I wrote titled ‘Remaining Grateful in a Sea of Greed’, I spoke about how humanity, especially in the western world, has been enveloped by an endless cycle of greed to satisfy one’s insatiable ego. Disharmony is a problem for us. Social anxiety, depression, homelessness, poverty, segregation, are all problems in the world that we need to solve as the number of people suffering from any of the listed has been increasing exponentially. There are plenty of people that are hiding behind a mask of whilst they are breaking down on the inside. There are not many to offer support or solutions because people are looking our for their best interests and not others.
I think it’s important to treat people’s thoughts, opinions, and beliefs with respect and from a place without judgement – rather from a place that tries to understand what brought about their thoughts, opinions and beliefs. I believe listening is one of the most important qualities we can develop. Listening allows us to learn about the people we interact with during our lives.
I think it is important for us to do to others, how we want to be treated ourselves, even if we are different race, height or weight. I believe the whole point is to come together and educate ourselves about the way we live, so we can all learn, adapt according to our needs and advance together as a society in a positive direction, where everyone can live a fulfilling life. We all want to be loved, valued and to be listened to, as it is a part of our human needs.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
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My opinions are not final and I know nothing compared to the grand scheme of life. So I’m more than happy to start conversations and speak about all of these ideas and hopefully you may teach me something also.
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