Sitting at the edge of the stream, my brother-in-law posed one of Andrew’s favorite questions, “Are you thinking what I’m thinking?”
“What are you thinking?” Andrew replied.
‘I was thinking how people start off really small, but as they grow older, they get bigger. But rocks are the opposite. They start off really big, but as they get older they get smaller.’
“Like sand?” Andrew said.
‘Kind of,’ my brother-in-law said. ‘See this rock. It is small, so it’s really old. And that rock over there is big so it’s young.’
“Oh,” Andrew said.
Not exactly, I thought. Nothing against my brother-in-law, he’s a very smart man. I certainly didn’t expect him to delve into the rock cycle and explain weathering and erosion to a three year old. But it did make me think about how quickly we make a judgement about something without really knowing the true story. Or worse yet, how susceptible we are to the opinions of others that we will agree with them without being fully informed. What is it that keeps us from finding out the truth? Fear? Rejection? The unwillingness to utter the words, “I was wrong?”
Think about that the next time something (or someone) new crosses your path. It might have experienced a bit more weathering than you, but take the time to get the full story. Make your own judegment. Form your own opinion. Be an individual.