I confess that my experiences have for the most part, served me well. Talk about life being in phases. Our every waking moment is often a skewed diet of the good, the bad and most definitely the ugly.
A toddler who was a victim of bullying in the past grows up to be an aggressive teenager. He thankfully became confident and assertive as he chose to rise above being down trodden by a bully, but soon got carried away becoming the bully that he once feared.
The burden of appearing confident has led many to becoming arrogant. Giving has become an encumbrance rather than be a delight, to be done cheerfully. At other times, it is disappointingly just for show off. Affirmations and praise have subtly turned to flattery; almost as certain as discipline or rebuke has been pitiably replaced with judgement. Our fight for human rights has led us to embrace perversions and excuse what was once considered inhumane – sometimes calling good, bad and bad, okay.
Some have interpreted dressing modestly as always appearing scruffy; then a few people of the other divide flaunt indecency as their way of exhibiting self-love. I am sure you know some persons who say they can’t help being themselves when confronted with the dire need to change a bad/destructive habit just as I have more than once refuted when one or two persons told me that I was sometimes too blunt and uncaring when speaking to others.
We ought to be aware that life is in stages and this suggests that opinions we once held and perhaps even protected may no longer represent our current beliefs. We should recognize that we are constantly growing or better still evolving. Whilst we should bear no lasting shame for the errors we once defended, we will do well to take responsibility for them. Even nobler will it be if we at least owned up to the inadequacies in our past, especially when confronted with an opportunity to train or coach someone who mirrors the person we once were.
Many philosophers have opined that knowledge puffs up the one who has it. A few others believe that if you have an inflated ego as a result of what you have come to know and understand, then, you are possibly more ignorant than you are knowledgeable, because with true knowledge comes illumination that is accompanied with empathy and humility.
The thing with blurry lines is that they complicate issues that should otherwise be simple.