Have you ever been in the midst of a moment where things were sort of getting out of hand, and even though you were pretty sure nothing truly awful was going to happen to you, you still felt horribly uncomfortable and just wanted to escape the situation before things got worse? Well, I imagine some people reading this may have experienced true terror, true tragedy, and certainly won’t identify with the idea of just letting things happen. I don’t even recommend it. If you know that worse can and almost certainly will happen, get your ass out of there, pronto.
But for the rest of you who might merely be afraid of having their minds or souls infected with terrible new ideas, to be corrupted in some fashion, or just to have your precious worldview shifted from its safe zone by being introduced to a new, contentious point of view that someone feels is being unjustly marginalised or ignored, well, really, I can’t help you.
See, the thing is, I happen to believe that we all need to have our worldviews shaken up from time to time. Even you. Even me. It’s the safest, finest form of revolution we possess: inner revolution. We can’t always change the world, but we can change ourselves, and in so doing, start the change in earnest. By becoming a living example of the goodness of living with this new worldview, you can affect change in others. This does not necessarily mean being a strident jerk with a placard. You have to be a little more creative if you want to influence the world to stop beating on purple people.
So what I want to ask you to do, if you’re serious about making the world a better place for everyone, is to accept some change in yourself. The next time you’re confronted with a scary, objectionable idea that you’re pretty sure doesn’t work with your current worldview, don’t immediately shun it; think about it first. Give it some serious consideration. Let the idea work its way into your current thinking and find its own place in the queue. You may find that it suits you better than you originally thought. And as with all ideas, if it doesn’t work for you after all, you can always change your mind.
Be brave. Look at new ideas. Don’t immediately dismiss them just because you think you know better. Try to understand why the idea works for other people. Consider the good it might do the world, rather than just reflexively dismissing the idea because of how it will inconvenience the current regime.