Labelling others as ignorant

The danger of labelling is obvious. It’s subjective and depends at which end of the telescope you are looking down.

The most ignorant thing could be to not listen to others and their views no matter how different they are to yours.

Failure to listen leads to not understanding, only hearing one part of the story leads to not understanding, and not understanding is indeed ignorance.

Ignorance comes from ignoring all aspects, all views and only listening to ours or the views of others within our echo chambers.

We could choose to open our minds and listen, often we choose not to as we fear to be wrong, so much easier to label people who believe different things to us as being ignorant.

It removes our accountability to understand different.

It’s just an opinion

‘Mud on the wipers’ by Philip Dodson

We all have our worldviews, our opinions, our thoughts and our beliefs.

They are just that, ours.

Be open to others and their views and opinions and I would never want to live in a world where there is only one accepted voice. Debate and exchange of views in a positive forum can only be beneficial, we need to understand before we can hope to influence others.

However, do not lose faith in your opinions, do not be fearful of voicing your views and your beliefs, doesn’t mean you can not modify them. Stick to yours, be proud of them, be passionate about them and stay true to your values. Often, we allow the strong opinions of the critic to dominate us, to seed doubt, simply because of their behaviour or dominance.

After all other people’s views are just that, opinions, not right, not wrong, just an opinion.