I love these words…
because people have a tendency to see others’ as static beings.
It’s not personal. It’s how the brain processes the environment. It observes, then compares the new information with what it already (thinks it) knows.
But people are NOT static. We evolve constantly. We are not consistent. We don’t have the same opinion about a thing tomorrow that we had yesterday.
I think this is liberating news – for the self and our thoughts about others. Here is what Gandhi says about writing in a journal:
“At times of writing I never think what I have said before. My aim is not to be consistent with my previous statements on a given question, but to be consistent with truth as it may present itself to me at a given moment. The result has been that I have grown from truth to truth.”
Allow yourself to be inconsistent! Allow yourself to explore, and re-explore, your views about life. And remember to offer the same compassion to others.