Learning can be scary because it inherently implies detachment from currently held beliefs and understandings. It can be a threat to our individual or group identity.
Alternatively, I see learning as an opportunity to grow. While we may choose to shift our position as a result of something we have learned, learning can also result in having a more expansive view or increased flexibility to shift our perspective. We can do both while remaining still in the same spot, in the safety of our core values and purpose.
I am strangely fascinated, and easily seduced, by far-left politics. Yet, I have consciously chosen to detach from my most extreme political views for the good of our community, our nation, and our world. This doesn’t mean that I automatically adopt the opposite viewpoint, most certainly not! Rather, I am becoming more open so that I can develop a deeper understanding of political complexities.
I miss those ideas and I mourn for them; they have been an important part of my conscience and experience throughout my life. It feels as though a part of me – and one of my favorite parts – has died. I am working on shifting my thinking to what I have to gain, and the potential collective gain, from what I might be losing.