Written by Gary Wonning
I have been a part of many group discussions and regardless of how they are structured, they become biased and opinionated.
Most people come , not to learn anything, but to strengthen their own beliefs.
I find that most who want to think outside the box trip over the cardboard and never go beyond a certain self imposed limit. There is a limit to what they are willing to believe or consider and not willing to go beyond that.
That’s OK, spiritual growth can be slow and painful.
I recently began attending one such discussion lead by a church here in town, a church that was purportedly open to new ways of thinking. After a very short time, I soon discovered that I was the only one with my particular view, either religious or political.
They weren’t really open to ways of thinking that didn’t conform to their particular beliefs. I had t change the way I thought about continuing attending the meetings.
I began going with the attitude that even though no one really agreed with me, I was open for debate. After all the purpose I came was to gain a different point of view and learn something in the process.
After a few meetings it was pretty obvious that my thoughts didn’t matter. Whenever I decided to chime in with a different thought I was immediately interrupted and the subject was changed, when someone offered a viewpoint that was a similar to what everyone else was thinking, the point would be discussed.
Most people don’t want to think outside their comfort zone. It hurts to much, not only a physical hurt, but it hurts their ego also.
I have been outside my comfort zone so much, I don’t even know what my comfort zone is anymore.
I did hear different points of view, but what I became aware of more than anything else is that people come to these events, not to learn anything new but to reinforce their believe and to try and force their beliefs, many times unconsciously, down other peoples throats.
Sorry, but listening to what they think and believe only reinforces what I know and believe.
I came, I listened , I saw, I have learned.
Going to these meetings, I discovered we will never agree on what we believe, but they give me a lot of information to write about , and a new perspective and understanding of what I believe.
Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.
His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.
He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of
Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.
He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.
In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.
For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.
He has published several books about his adventures.
For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.