Some people naturally have a certain
temperament. Some people naturally have certain talents and can do
certain things that others find very hard do to. Some people, no matter
how hard they try cannot do certain things that others do with such
ease. Why is this?
We have been taught that we are all
created equal. Yet, in reality, we see that this is just wishful
thinking and fantasy. Indeed, we are all born different, each with
special talents and each with unique limitations. To deny this is the
heights of foolishness. To ignore this is madness and a sure recipe for
disaster. Yet, why is this so?
Over and again, I tell you to stand in
awe of the wonders of the universe and the mysteries of Heaven, but do
you listen? Do you pay heed to the most simple and sublime of truths?
We are all different. No two people are
exactly alike, not now, not ever. We have been endowed with our
differences by our Creator. They are not for the sake of dividing us,
but rather to unite us, to make us better as a whole, than as separate
individuals. For in the multitude of peoples, working in harmony, is
the honor of their king.
We are each a unique individual. Our
differences are what define us. Our uniqueness, our strengths and
weaknesses are what define us. Discovering ourselves, our latent
potentials and limitations is what life is all about. What we discover
about ourselves is what we call our personality. This process of
self-discovery is what life is all about.
Everyday we experience matters in life
that bring out of us both our best and worst. Daily life serves as our
teacher. We learn about the reality of our world and about the inner
realities of ourselves. Only one who knows oneself can ever know anyone
or anything else. For if one does not know oneself, who is there to do
Think of it this way, if one wishes to
decorate one’s home, is it not important that one first have a home. If
not what is one decorating? If one wishes to travel in one’s car, is it
not first required that one have a car? One cannot do things with
something one does not have. One can never learn about oneself if one
does not have the most basic of understandings of who one is, what one
likes, what one is good at and where are one’s natural limitations.
One who knows oneself well will live
life to its fullness being who one is and not being who one is not.
Truth and honesty are the keys here. Respect and honor for our
differences are vital. For just because we cannot excel in a thing does
not mean others cannot. Just because we find a certain thing hard or
impossible does not mean another cannot do it with relative ease.
Just because we cannot excel in a thing
does not make it hard. It is only hard for us and those like us. Just
because we cannot understand certain things, it does not make those
things stupid, irrational or something to be feared or ignored. Fish
breathe water and we drink water. Which usage is the correct one?
to be continued...