“Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest”
That line from Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” is one of the truest notions I can imagine. When browsing social media, it is easy to find many examples of two equally intelligent people that are 100% sure of the truth in their diametrically opposite viewpoints. Often they are people whom I wholly respect in terms of their positions of integrity and wisdom. Although they might see the world differently, they also tender the same need and affinity for love and kindness. Heck sakes, many of these are friends and family from the old neighborhood where we played together in those endless summers of selling watered-down lemonade, catching crawdads or playing ‘Kick the Can’. They are part of who I am. And so even though we see the world differently, surely this inexplicable human character makes us much more alike than most of us will readily admit. Of course there are absolute truths out there, but we all tend to blind ourselves to many of them in order to survive our own ideologies.
As they often play in my head even without revisiting them, these well-spoken words resonate and remind me about the importance of humility: