When you think about it, there are many people on this Earth with many, many different opinions about many different things. We can tell others that they are wrong or they could tell us that we are wrong, but it doesn’t necessarily change “anything.” Our differences make us who we are, but they also put us in stark contrast with those who don’t think the same as we do. People have different views on abortion, war, capital punishment and even politics, to name a few. What do you do when someone wants you to see things the same way he or she does? Do you give in, or do you keep with your own rationale? While some people believe that our diversity makes us weaker, I actually believe it makes us stronger. We can’t improve or grow unless we find a way to address our issues in life. Discussion is what gives us the power to find solutions to problems. As important as it is to talk to someone, it is equally as important to be able to “listen” as well. People make up their minds before hearing all the facts, and often that will negate the potential of discussion. The unwillingness to compromise on issues also has an effect. We all are a product of what we have experienced and what we have been taught. Does that mean we are all right? I believe that as long as you live, you should continue to grow. Through my life I have learned that George Washington may have told lies as he was growing up. Bill Cosby may have been America’s dad years ago, but he is a prison inmate now. Michael Jackson may (or may not) have molested little boys. A lot of things that were taught to me when I was growing up now seem tarnished. To me that means that I need to depend less on stated history. I was taught that the last plane on the 911 tragedy that was supposed to land crashed after passengers thwarted the hijackers. Until more evidence comes in, I firmly believe that plane was “shot down.” History is exactly what it says it is…. “His… Story….” You can believe everything that others tell you, but that may not necessarily be the truth. Dig deeper in your quest for knowledge. I know I will… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
David Banner, Ciara, Vickie Winans, The Williams brothers, Chuck Brown, Janet Jackson, James Ingram and Yolanda Adams with Brett Jolly to the right on Bass guitar