I will not deny that I am still young, however I resent that many think of me as unwise and irresponsible. Yet, I have come to many conclusions regarding life that I feel are accurate. Although my perspective on life may change, my overall being, who I am is constant. I have changed a great deal in the past few years, for I was realizing who am. I have concluded that all life is change and that nothing is absolute. I have also come to learn that everything can be interpreted in so many ways and viewed in so many perspectives. There is no such thing as a true absolute statement regarding any subject. This is the root of all conflict.
All conflict is caused by two things, ignorance and greed. One's failure to understand another's views or culture. One's failure to step into another's shoes, to understand their actions. I don't deny that I do this, because I do. But, I have an open mind, which is one of the most valuable things one can have. However, I am also very skeptical, I only believe what makes logical sense and can be proved. Which leads to a discussions on religion, but we'll save that for another time. The other that causes conflict as I said is greed. The failure for one to feel empathy for another. The act of performing an act for self gain. Now, let us step back for a moment. As I said earlier all conflict is caused by either ignorance or greed. Well, I also said that no statement is absolute. I will also tell you that there are always exceptions. Wait a minute though, I'm talking in absolutes even now, "always". So there's even exceptions to the exception rule. What I should've said was that there usually are exceptions. Anyways, conflict can be caused by more than just ignorance and greed. It was an absolute statement that I made, and there is more to it than just one absolute answer.
We must learn to break through the black and white, no longer be narrow minded. For instance, there is never a clearcut "good" or "evil"(oops that's an absolute statement, so really there RARELY is a good and evil, black and white). Rather, we classify things to make life easier. It is difficult for us to understand complex relationships, therefore we break up objects into classes. This creates confusion and miscommunication. Language is a means of communication that lacks precision. It was difficult for me to write this, because I know that I'm not expressing everything as precisely as I mean to, and that not everyone will understand this as I mean it. Many will interpret this differently than I mean it. But, moving back to classes. Humans classify, they break up everything into simplified structures, classes and subclasses. Yet, it causes inaccuracy and confusion. Now let's stop for a moment, up until now I've been spewing information at you. So if I am any kind of persuasive writer, and if you're susceptible to persuasion you probably agree with me. I have given you no basis for truth, no proof except my word. However, I told you to be skeptical and not to believe all you are told. So I'll give you some basis for belief, but the best proof is to live and experience life to see what I mean. One instance of classification being inaccurate comes back to "good" versus "evil", is there really such thing as good or evil? Even in movies, the "good guy" isn't ever(absolutes again) really "good". Even if he is good, there is always another point of view that could argue other ideas, maybe that he really is "evil". Think of your favorite superhero, is he/she really that good? Probably not, they likely have a number of flaws, no one's that perfect, no one is that "good". Now I must remember to be careful, I am talking in absolutes again. What about religion? As I said before that is another discussion, I will approach that later. But, one may argue that there is true good and evil. God/Jesus versus Satan/Sin, good versus evil. And it makes logical sense that in our world there is no clearcut good or evil. I can justify this because we all struggle with sin, to try to be good, yet we are tempted to sin. Therefore, no one is a true good, or true evil force. We are all degrees of good and evil, and there is only one true good, and one true evil. I'm not saying I believe anything specific when it comes to religion, but I am looking at this objectively and saying it is possible. I do have doubts, but I will talk about religion another time.
Moving back to proving that classification is an inaccurate practice. I will demonstrate using simple physical objects, let's say... furniture. Think about how inaccurate and confusing the word 'chair' is. You might say, "Its a piece of furniture that you sit in." Furniture is a class, and chair is a subclass of furniture. But then how do you define furniture, we have some gray area there. Also, furniture you sit on is not specific only to class 'chair', what about a couch? So, okay let's say we're both in a room and I say, "Sit in that chair." You would wonder which chair, for you'd not know which chair, "that"chair is. So I would say, "The blue one." Now we've established two classes that we must understand, and the descriptive enumeration, blue that all generalize what I'm trying to say. These classes by themselves do not provide very much information, rather they provide "enough" information to get by on. To describe 'chair' much further it takes a great deal of effort. Let's say it's a recliner, that would be a subclass of class 'chair' that we must understand. It is very structured and understandable, however it lacks flexibility and is not very descriptive. If I have blue recliner X, and another blue recliner that is completely different, we'll call it Y. Unless I want to define and relate numerous more classes I can't describe the 'chair', and even if I do it is not a completely accurate description. this is very frustrating, yet it is the way that we are able to understand our world as we know it. At this point in time it seems there is no way around the restrictions of classification. we structure our world so it is more "user friendly", just as a computer program. Yet, because we eliminate flexibility and level of understanding, there are so many things that I will never understand. There is no way to communicate them to me. I can't imagine what it's like to be of another culture or race. Yet I keep an open mind, and respect others because I know their views aren't wrong, just different.
I don't know what I believe. I have views on somethings, but they may change, and I always have an open mind. I just go with the flow, and make decisions as I go. I'm attempting to find spirituality, but it's hard for I don't know what to believe, and I'm skeptical. I've had some help, however it's something I must realize for myself, and it will take time. But, the main point of me writing this is to express that I feel that nothing in life is black and white, that everything is linked in a complex manner. There are many things that can't be explained. I don't claim to understand them, but I know that I must look at life from all perspectives to live it to its fullest, and not to jump to any conclusions. Much conflict is created by disagreement in points of views. Incapability to see things as others do. Many wars were caused by this. Yet war and religion are complex matters that will be discussed later. However, it must be noted that they are linked to the passage which I have just written. It simply makes sense to break them up to look at them separately, as well as linked to one another and this passage. I will cut this short, although there is much more I was going to write I will save it. I think I should spread out my thoughts, so that it can be more easily read, and so that I have time to reflect after each.
In conclusion: Nothing is absolute, although that statement itself is absolute, so I really just contradicted myself! Oh well. Also classification leads to miscommunication. Considering this, have an open mind, but be skeptical. And go with the flow.