When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates
everything one does have.
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I think all of the sensory and interpretative interplay that abounds is why there is more than one of us. What if we also considered each other as additional sensory/interpretative inputs? In other words, I’m your eyes and ears, etc. and you’re mine. I’d like to know where the commandment is that our job is to be understood and to manifest our expectations. That’s not to say that being understood or having expectations are bad news, only that being understood and expectations serve us better when they serve us rather than the other way around.
Of course, being labeled as right can be quite an addiction, not to mention a model for others to follow. The trouble with following is what if the “leader” is busted or disappears? The trouble with leading is not only what’s in front of us, but what’s behind us (e.g., as in followers expecting to be understood). So, with so much at stake, we seem to go for drawing lines in the sand to protect or undermine our view (some don’t want to succeed). Why would we cut off our nose—which is what we do when we are so dismissive? Our various noses or inputs from others are data themselves. Sometimes we act on that data, sometimes not. But to say that another individual or another culture is trying to take over our own nose is like saying that our heart should trump our mind or vice versa. What if we could be lay scientists and examine the data as bias free as we can be and then to put our view out there for others to either refute, add to, or validate? What if we treated our emotions the same way?
I suppose that being wrong intellectually is not quite as bad as being wrong emotionally. Nonetheless, we protect both emotions and intellect like we’re defending the realm rather than checking on the veracity of the realm. Yes, sometimes there are those whose sole object seems to be making others wrong and less than in the process. And yes, we’ve got to watch out, though it would be nice to not lose our sense of humor in the process.
In any case, for good, for bad, or for indifference, we’re all traversing the landscape of awareness. I seriously doubt, even with the few who are after our very lives, that we can’t learn to be wrong around others and to let others be wrong around us and still leave all of us our journey. After all, if it’s good enough for God, it’s likely to be good enough for us. After all, if it’s good enough for God, it’s likely to be good enough for us.