The more I learn about niches and come to understand minorities in my line of work, the more I recognize that people generally follow the rule below:
"It is one of my rules in life, never to notice what I don't understand."
- Mr. Betteredge
by Wilke Collins
As I get older, I realize that it is easier and easier to pass by the fate of one we do not (and lie to ourselves that we cannot) understand. To ignore things that do not directly affect us.
If the priest and the Levite had been beat up before or had taken the time to listen to those who had beat up before, would they have been so quick to cross on the other side of the road? What life experiences or understanding did the Good Samaritan have to invest time and money into helping the man senseless along the way?
I truly believe that it is not natural to ignore what we don't understand. This is learned behavior. A young child who sees a person in a wheelchair will walk up to them and ask what happened. A baby will grab and slobber on a toy until it's figured out its function. The eager elementary student will repeat an experiment over and over until understanding comes.
Why are we so quick to abandon this incredible desire to understand the world around us? Why do we, as adults, assume that asking (or noticing) is a terrible offense?
When do we find ourselves ignoring what we don't understand? How can we re-discover our insatiable desire to comprehend?
14 April 2016
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