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The Highest Form of Ignorance Is When You Reject Something You Don't Know Anything About - Wayne Dyer

The Highest Form of Ignorance Is When You Reject Something You Don’t Know Anything About – Wayne Dyer

There is a knock at the door. The familiar is warmly welcomed. We have their favorite coffee waiting. We invite them to share our space and naturally indulge in open conversation. We know familiar well. 

Another knock at the door interrupts the lively reunion. A stranger has arrived.  What are they doing here? Why did they feel at liberty to come? We have no more space, especially for something so strange and odd. Something so different and nothing like us. It is not welcome here.

Fortunately, empathy intervenes and convinces familiar to invite the stranger in. Empathy’s invitation knows we see life from our own personal perspective. A perspective comfortable with familiar. A perspective which may often times reject the stranger because it is blind to the possibility there are parts of the stranger that may be like us.

Over coffee and conversation, judgement and skepticism sit close to familiar while the stranger introduces itself. Rejection lingers and ignorance shows up to join the party. It seems as though the stranger brought these unexpected guests, but stranger walked in alone and does not engage with these new guests. It is soon realized, these guest were quietly sitting with familiar all along and we introduced their presence when stranger arrived.

However, empathy was prepared and had already introduced familiar to curiosity. It reminded them that a perspective can be expanded and our minds can be opened. It helped them reminisce to the time when familiar, itself, was a stranger and how much life and growth happened when that stranger was accepted and learned from. 

We are all strangers before we are recognized. Things are all foreign before they are familiar. Ideas are all unknown until they are found and understood. The guests at our door, familiar or strange, bring the gift of expanding our perspective. It brings the possibility of learning something new about ourselves and the world. Reject it before accepting this beautiful gift or accept it with arms wide open.  Choice is ours.

The Highest Form of Ignorance Is When You Reject Something You Don’t Know Anything About – Wayne Dyer
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About Lily Daub

Lily Daub - I am a freelance writer and dedicate myself to being a student of life. I am passionate about learning, sharing, and being witness to other's learning and sharing. I believe in the collective spirit and improving this world through compassion and love. Besides contributing to The Seeds 4 Life, I also write on my personal page 10lewrites.wordpress.com

6 comments

  1. A welcomed message, and a much needed message in today’s inescapable in-your-face-24-hour-news-social-media society. Inside, we are all the same.

  2. I loved this. Great message, and you approached the topic in a very creative way. Kind of reminded me of “The Pilgrim’s Progress”. I enjoyed this. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Your title quote by Wayne Dyer is what intrigued me – as I am one of his many fans – and I have learned a lot through him and other masterful teachers. I thoroughly enjoyed how you broached this subject in your unique and creative way; it’s a subject dear to my heart. Thank you. ❤

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