What’s the basic viewpoint of our individual selves? How everything and how everyone affect our lives is what we care about.
Everyone wants to live their life a certain way, and they want everything and everyone else to abide by those standards and expectations so their life can be lived according to how they fantasized it.
In a scenario of this sorts, the mindset becomes so limited, that we only see ourselves, and we see our own advantage in everything. Here’s where ego and jealousy and competition boils up.
Where an individual stands out is when they develop an ability to see beyond themselves.
This ability comes in when they develop a mindset of growth, a mindset of service, a mindset to help others.
This ability helps in seeing beyond their identity, beyond their beliefs, and now empathy grows in, perspective grows in. Now, they see other people, situations of their life in a different light, they approach themselves, within and exterior, in a way different than before.
The ability to see beyond themselves helps to think bigger, to approach life in a bigger manner, to see the world in a wider form than before, your viewpoint has here shifted from yourself to the world.
Anyone who sees the world just by their own limited perspective, without wanting to see it from a third-person view, lives in a one-dimensional reality.
In such a scenario, everything is perceived just by that individual’s viewpoint.
So thereby, their biases and their narratives decide the outcome of a scenario even before it happens.
Whether this is through conversations, or actions, with people, or with generic scenarios, how the world reacts to them and how they react to the world is pre-defined in this one-dimensional reality (and it always goes the same way).
To broaden one’s horizon and to widen their perspective means to accept this reality they live in and then wanting to not that way.
There is no rule or obligation that everyone must have an opinion on a particular subject and they need to voice those opinions.
On the contrary, the lesser opinions one has, the more they are subject to widening their perspective and learn more about it.
Which means, if you have nothing to say, then don’t say anything.
Whenever you receive any information, or you receive a contrasting opinion to your thought, you have two choices.
Either you dismiss it quickly and stick to what you know, whether it is right or wrong, whether it is accepted or not, or the second option is to accept this new information, to accept a counter opinion, to hear the other side and what they have to say.
Choosing the latter option widens your perspective, expands your viewpoint and helps you grow and evolve. Then you have the choice to change with this information or let your information change someone else (whichever is the right one).
Every individual has multiple phases in their lives, one that they look back to and ponder upon, when a new one begins.
There’s a perspective attached to every phase, of how you perceive things and how you react and respond to them.
Now, your daily thoughts (which decide your actions and outcomes) are all based on that perspective.
If your perspective on a topic is limited to something and you have decided to not look beyond, your thoughts will be as limiting as that and ultimately, that particular phase of your life is then lived in that manner.
Only if you want to outgrow yourself, reach that next level, must you expand your perspective of looking at things, thinking upon them from a broader viewpoint.
Hence, your thoughts will widen as well and because of cause and effect will your phase of life get affected in a positive and evolving manner as well.
These three areas are correlated and have a cause and effect impact on each other. To improve one, you must work on the other and the process is cyclical, which is then repeated to every phase of your life.
Listening to an individual’s point of view, one might jump to conclusions.
Prejudice takes over, stereotypes take over, society narratives take over and here we are, already at the conclusion of the topic.
But before that happens, an important thing we must realize is, there are two sides to a story, always, or not, but most of the times.
Before jumping to conclusions and before choosing a side, both sides must be heard and that’s the least we can do.