Interacting with people who hold different worldviews often involves making assumptions to make sense of their behavior and find common ground. However, this approach can lead to misunderstandings and misinterpretations. We all have various stories and theories based on our worldviews, and different worldviews explain good and bad events differently.
To truly communicate with others, we must be open-minded and willing to understand their worldview first. Although it’s not always possible to get the other person’s point of view, trying to do so helps clarify our own worldview and where we stand, and that’s what matters. This enables us to let go of the need to be right, let go of assumptions, and focus on productive exchanges of ideas. By exploring different perspectives instead of insisting on being right, we can see a broader range of possibilities, together.
While it’s true that surrounding ourselves with people who support us is important, always feeling comfortable in a small circle can lead to complacency. Staying in an echo chamber restricts exposure to new ideas and perspectives, limiting our ability to develop open-mindedness and empathy. Personal development can stagnate, and rigid beliefs can form.
Letting go of the need to be right and understanding before being understood can be challenging, but it’s always rewarding. That’s worth striving for.