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We all need to change our ways of thinking

Posted: January 18, 2018 3:46 p.m.
Updated: January 19, 2018 1:00 a.m.

We’re conditioned from birth to believe that there are good people and that there are bad people and that humans are black and white, good and evil. What I’ve found couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Recently, I watched a few films by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, and what I have found in his movies and his personal beliefs has been thought-provoking. His beliefs on good and evil are far different from what most of us are used to. He states, “the concept of portraying evil and destroying it -- I know this is considered mainstream, but I think it is rotten. This idea that whenever something evil happens someone particular can be blamed and punished for it, in life and politics is pointless.” 

Miyazaki’s films differ from the norm in that no one person is the villain, but rather the conflict stems from a disagreement among both parties. I think that this ideology can be applied to our own lives, especially nowadays with all of the political disagreements happening in the world, from debates between presidential candidates to petty Facebook comments from people who have apparently have nothing better to do than to stir the pot.

I think that a big change needs to occur if we are to reach the peace we all so desire. 

First of all, we need to change the way we talk to each other. Arguing needlessly and personally attacking people absolutely has to go. Rather, when we talk, we need to talk with the intent of conveying a point of view, not bringing the other person down. 

We also need to accept that other people will disagree with us. Everyone has different opinions on things. That’s just the beauty of life. Diversity is what makes the world beautiful. Flowers in a garden are not all the same color, so to speak. We need to keep this in mind, but still not hesitate to speak out for what is right. 

It’s true that there are criminals and people out there who do terrible, terrible things and people who are just mean and have malicious intents, but what we need to also remember is that nobody is beyond help or change. Everyone is born into this world as a blank slate. Hate the act, not the person. It’s important to express anger at those who wrong us when appropriate but doubly important to remember that humans are humans and will always make mistakes. Most of us are trying our hardest to make it through life and help others as well as ourselves be the happiest we can be. To accomplish this, defeating a great big villain is not always the path to tread.


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