They either don’t understand the concept or the intent behind the concept. Regardless, they don’t get it – so they tend to shut it down because it doesn’t fit their paradigm of understanding. Maybe it’s different? Maybe it brings up fear for them? Maybe it challenges their notions of right or wrong? It doesn’t matter. The end result still focuses on negativity.
A truly enlightened being is open to many concepts. This does NOT mean that they adopt everyone’s viewpoint, it just means that they do NOT criticize and place judgment. Their capacity for understanding is greater. They have fewer fears and they have no need to keep themselves in a box to be safe. Instead, they open up to life and its many experiences. This openness gives them a greater wisdom.
In life, it is never “my way or the highway.” That is ignorance talking. There are many roads to enlightenment and happiness in life. Just because you don’t recognize someone else’s road, doesn’t mean it isn’t a good road. People only criticize what they don’t understand. Criticism breeds ignorance.
The answers are never found in ignorance, they are found in understanding. Never shut down what you do not understand. There is something there for you to learn. If you feel the need to criticize something, it might be your lack of ability to find the meaning behind it. Open yourself up. You never know, you might just learn something.
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