I am talking about people; we do not all think the same way, we don’t all share the same opinions or beliefs. We are all more or less different in this way so in order to be functional members of the accepted society we must learn to respect the opinions that differ from our own; or at least agree to disagree. Some opinions (or beliefs) can be changed or at least modified (in the minds of some); “Hmm, I never thought about it that way” but some people have an inability to see things from another perspective. The world is black and white, right or wrong. At least to them. I may completely disagree with you on something but I can still try to look at things from your perspective and try to understand why you hold that opinion. It almost baffles me that others can not do this but then I remember; empathy is somewhat learned and learning (in the simplest of definitions) is not always teachable.
In case you have not figured it out by now, this really has nothing to do with MS, I just need to vent, let my thought out into the world.
I am tired of trying my best to respect other people’s opinions and/or beliefs only to be crucified for my own. Even more so, I am tired of being told I will be alone in life for not believing what someone else does as if their way of life is the ONLY way of life and my not accepting it as part of my life, my choosing to live differently, to believe certain things are right and certain things are wrong, can only mean I will live life alone because there is absolutely no one on this planet who shares the same sentiments that I do. As if I believe in anything absurd to begin with; “You think that’s an OK way for people to joke? Then I guess you will be alone”, “you think it’s wrong to do drugs? Then I guess you will be alone”, “You really don’t like Lady Gaga? Then I guess you will just always be alone in life”.
Seriously people, we may not agree on certain things in life but please do not try to treat me like I am part of some minority, like everyone else in the world except me believes what you do because from what I have seen in life, THOSE people? The ones who think they are the majority? They are just the opposite. So rather than trying to prove “I am right and you are wrong” let us simply agree to disagree at the very least. It should be relatively easy if you are confident in your beliefs but extremely difficult if you simply feel the need to always be right or to have the last word.