“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.” –Paulo Coelho
The force with which we sometimes proclaim to others that our way is the only way leads to disharmony within that relationship. It is an indifference towards our own kind and a particular arrogance that results in conflict and animosity. In short, it cost us friends and it is the impediment of peace which can result in war between nations. I am not promoting conformity but empathy and the understanding that since we have not walked in their shoes, we may not get their choices.
Also, we may think that we know something without a doubt but most of what we may be sure of is not worth fighting about. Our haughtiness is disrespectful and an ugliness which permeates our own spirit.
My suggestion for us all is this: Choose what you value most of all, then respectfully communicate your thoughts on that, leaving out all the bitty things which doesn’t matter and above all listen without interrupting.