Updated: Nov 5, 2021
Acceptance is the capacity to allow people to be themselves, to have their values and beliefs without prejudices and biases. I don't have to agree with your culture, but I accept you as a human being within your rights. In a conversation with my daughter said, "momma, I've learned, you have to let people be who they are."
Whether intentional or not, the hardest for us humans to do is to accept one another's differences, shortcomings, flaws, views, foolishness, inadvertent and eccentric behaviors. In the poem, The Owl, and the Chimp, written by Jo Comanche, a clinical hypnotherapist, and psychotherapist. [this poem, articulates the internal battle many faces when the more primitive part of our brain takes control. The wise owl within all of us is seen fighting with the chimp who seems determined to make the situation worse, despite its fears of the situation worsening.]
In every family, workplace, educational facility, I believe there is an owl and a chimp. Have we all not met people because of their ego, pride, or personal opinion, can't seem to leave well enough alone, and cause a catastrophe out of an already bad situation?
The owl and the chimpanzee went to sea in a beautiful boat called, the Mind.
"Hate" is such a strong word! Personalities, (all nations) clash not so much because of hatred. Truthfully, how can you hate someone you don't know. Wars and rumors of wars are due to a lack of acceptance (Physical, emotional, intellectual, mental culture, family, political and religious differences), and the urgent need to control and mandate people to succumb to another's views/culture differences. What one may feel is unique about their culture isn't necessarily the norm.
We are individualized/groups of people, uniquely created by God, not in each other's image, but in the image of God created all men upon the earth, wherever they may dwell. We were not made to act, think, reason, or look alike. He didn't design us all to have the same color eyes, shape lips, type of hair, body shape, mindset, etc. Check out the poem, "No Difference" by Shel Silverstein. In this life, we will never change or unify everyone because of our differences, but we can certainly learn to accept groups for who the Creator designed them to be.
Everyone has a plight in this vineyard called life- day to day is unpredictable. Changes happen, some due to our choices, and some due to no fault of our own. King Solomon wrote, "time and chance happen to us all." (Ecclesiastes 9:1-18 NIV) Good and bad touches all, and no one is exempt from the following changes.
Whatever the situation, we all have these basic needs
Fruits of the Spirit ("love, joy, peace, faith, goodness, brotherly kindness, self-control")
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