I heard it said at a writer’s conference once, “We need to stop looking at people as wrong, but rather look at people as lost!”
I read a small article this week from someone who seems quite frustrated with his audience. He called the people who did not measure to his level of knowledge “stupid.” I don’t know what this person is trying to achieve.
I am a teacher so whereas I think that knowledge is great, I also think that it can have a tendency to develop into a sort of pompous social elitism where everyone is wrong but you. It reminds me of a statement from a Puritan man who one time said to his wife, “Dear, I sometimes think that the whole world's gone mad but me and thee, and sometimes I even wonder about thee!” That is why in the Bible, Paul says that knowledge “puffs up!”
As a teacher I often go by the philosophy that when the student is not learning it is somehow my fault. This causes me to change my teaching style or perhaps my attitude towards the student.
When we think of people as wrong we become arrogant, but when we think of people as lost or not understanding, we become leading teachers. I think we have enough puffed-up arrogant teachers in the world but not enough leading teachers. As we learn to look at people as lost may we in our life chose to be the latter. After all, aren’t we all on a learning curve?
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