The more I've become conscious of the difference between dualistic thinking and nondualistic thinking, the more I notice how ubiquitous dualistic thinking is.
I was scrolling through Twitter the other day and I came across this tweet:
Here it is in plain text just in case it's removed in the future:
"Never change who you are just because someone has a problem with it." - @40oz_Van (10/24/17)
On one level I understand the sentiment of this tweet and agree with it, from another level I find this tweet and its sentiment to be asinine and simplistic. The number of likes and retweets illustrates how people on twitter love these types of tweets. It's incredibly ironic and hypocritical for most of the people who saw this and agree with it. They like the idea for themselves because it feels empowering, but have they really thought about this when it comes to others? Everyone who agrees with this statement: Has no one ever upset you or pissed you off? Have you never had to cut anyone out of their life because of the grief they've caused you? Isn't your upsetness in essence saying, "they should change who they are because I have a problem with it" ?
To take it further...What about the pedophile? What about the pregnant woman shooting heroine? What about the shooter in the Las Vegas massacre? What about the animal abuser? The child abuser? What if you're a racist? The list could go on and on.
I get the gist of the tweet, however, this type of shit doesn't work for me anymore because if there are exceptions, then it's not true, it's only relatively true. This tweet is completely relative to one's perception of reality and who/what they think they are and how they think others should act in the world. This is too simple minded for me at this stage in my life. I need bigger, broader concepts. I need absolute Truth, not relative truths. If it's relative then it's dualistic in nature. I am becoming more and more conscious of my relative truths.
And...if you can see the irony and hypocrisy in this post, then you get it. If you don't, you don't.