They used to say that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
Turns out you can.
The human brain can always be altered and changed with enough determination and effort.
They used to say that a child was born like a blank slate. Now, they know our genes (nature) control just about everything in us, but our personality outcome depends on what our environment (nurture) triggers in our genes.
They used to deem homosexuality a mental illness, now they know it's not.
Certain words used to be common but are now considered highly problematic and/or racist, sexist, ablest or otherwise discriminatory and derogatory – most people know which not to use, but some just refuse to be kind, considerate and do the right thing, claiming that they’ve ‘always used these terms’ and thus refusing to acknowledge the changing world and global awareness growth (call it woke, political correctness or common sense, call it what you like, just don't be an asshat!).
Being open-minded and changing according to current times will cost you nothing but comes with a hefty price for those who are hurt by ignorance and close-mindedness.
Don't ever presume and don't ever stop asking questions or applying critical thinking, but do stay open-minded and even if you do disagree with someone, compassionate understanding has always had far better results over judgemental scorn. After all, you don’t have to agree to stay curious and kind.
What's the story you tell yourself, and is it helpful or hindering?
But remember - it's your life, your choice!
After all, this is the Manual of YOU!
Until next time, take care, stay safe - and sane - and make kind choices!
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