Then you have people who see in shades of grey. The line between differing thoughts is blurred just a bit. This means that a few, or even some, of the ideas that go with an opposing ideal are at least reasonable. In the shorter scale of contrast, the contrary ideas are at least thought about, but not acted upon. Those who have a longer scale of contrast (more greys) may even hold some of the same beliefs.
Let's use religeon as an example, but please realize this can be applied to just about any field of thought, including science, violence, and paper versus plastic.
The muslims believe that you are either muslim, or a heathen. Pretty much, that's black and white. There is no other way for them, so there is no blurring of the line.
But let's say that there's a buddhist who believes in the existence of Jesus. This doesn't mean that he/she believe Jesus was who everyone else says he was, just that he existed and did some of the things we all say he did. One, maybe two, shades of grey, a pretty short scale of contrast, but one nonetheless.
Now let's say there is a Christian who is translating the bible into German. As he writes, some of the things just sound rediculous, or phoney, or somehow contradict other things already said. So, to try to help things make a little more sense, some altercations are made. This really happened. We now have a Lutheran religeon because of Martin Luther. His grey scale was a little longer, that is, had more shades of grey. He had his own ideas based upon his Christian upbringing, but saw a few things that made better sense than the ones he had originally grown up believing, and incorporated those ideas into his new beliefs.
But, you know what's wrong with all of these visions?
They are all still black and white. Shades of grey are still just made up of some parts white, and the rest black.
These people are color-blind.
We need to start looking at the full spectrum of color.
People from different countries, or at least different localities, are going to have different cultures. You can't just go around saying yours is white while the rest are black.
You need to learn to look at a different culture and appreciate it for what it is. That doesn't mean you have to believe the things they believe, or participate in their rituals. But if you learn what those rituals are, and how they came about, and what they signify, perhaps you could understand that person a little better, and not be so harsh on them when they belch at your table, which to them indicates they really enjoyed your meal.
Too many problems arise when people just stand there, adamantly refusing to understand someone else. Men don't understand women, Whites don't understand Blacks, Christians don't understand Pagans. Whose fault is this, really?
Stop being color-blind and looking at things from your own perspective. Open your eyes, and your mind, and start seeing in the color spectrum.
BTW: I wrote a short story in college called 'The Color Spectrum' -- never thought I'd get to use that phrase again. :)
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