on honesty, language, and identity
" We didn’t evolve to consider the complexity of 7.8 billion human beings, and yet that is our task today. In order to change the human world*, we must first attempt to understand it from as many angles as possible. We must view ourselves and the world holistically, animately, and in the language of verbs."
I love this. I have spent so many years eager to identify with a particular group, I've gone from christian, atheist, socialist, libertarian, environmentalist blah blah blah. I was desperate for a community and thought simply identifying with these terms, I would find it. I never did.
What helped me discover myself and others who were truly curious was questioning these identifiers the moment they felt comfortable. The only thing they served was finding people who were thinking about similar things, but often times, these people thought they had it all figured out and were willing to defend their identifier till the bitter end, even if it made them sound like fools.
Our desperation to find answers results in being blind to so many complexities and ultimately, true understanding and compassion.