“We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't.” -Frank Clark
I am constantly amazed at how easy it is to default to a way of being that reduces all new input to a place of suspicion and skepticism, for fear of having to face the trauma of possible change and transformation. Our bias towards the status quo causes us to question the relative importance of anything that slightly disagrees with what we have come to know as the only truth available to us.
Bias keeps us trapped in a very small world view where we only listen to those who agree with our considerations and constructs, revealing to us our myopia and the need to be healed of our one-eyed way of seeing life. In the end its goal is to erode any sense of equality and reciprocity.
Truth be known bias thrives on the hope of prejudice and its exclusionary speak, where the conversation is safe and kind to us, lest we be threatened with the discomfort of realising that our stereotypes and systems are in fact limiting our evolution.
I grew up in a home where my true indigeneity was not known until well in my 30’s which gave ample time for a not-so-subtle racism to creep into my everyday culture with its stereotypical jokes, innuendos, and slurs, which often guided my avoidance of said people group. It nurtured an oversimplified image of a certain ethnos of people that led to a form of racist justification. After-all wasn’t I as part of the white colonialist regime indeed superior and more advanced when it came to understanding the best way to do life?? Rather than confront the bias that led to prejudice which eventually morphed into racism I ignorantly supported it and legitimised it in the name of elitism. Maybe colonialism is one of the greatest curses that blighted the human psyche, its never ending quest to conquer and dominate the world a true sign of imperialistic arrogance.
Bias only understands what it does know and refuses to even accomodate the mystery of evolutionary consciousness. Its stubborn unwillingness to budge is why it tries to shut down any talk of progressive thinking and innovative possibility. When the conversation appeared on the horizon concerning the emerging church the bias in religious circle went into overdrive trying to protect Gods reputation, as if God wasn’t big enough to defend God’s reputability. The petty nature of bias has little time or room for negotiation around what its not used to.
Maybe this is where I suggest that we all take a deep breathe and admit that we are all in the same boat and we don’t need to try and throw each other over the side in order to stay afloat. In the fullness of time life has a way of helping us all through difficult times. The way we move past our egotistical madness will involve a whole lot of humility and some genuine honesty, especially when we come face to face with the affront of our fixated mindsets.
The real cure for bias is an emerging awareness that exposes us to new ways of being and becoming. We can never fully comprehend some things from where we currently are right now. When we become familiar and comfortable with our immediate environment we become settled in a kind of right and wrong mentality, as if that is going to solve anything!
Then Jacob woke up and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I wasn't even aware of it.” - Genesis 28
When you start to see what you have never seen before everything changes and life takes on new meaning ultimately altering everything. Maybe there is more to awareness than just an open mind or having a flexible opinion.
Rather, could it be about a whole new way of seeing the world we live in?
‘Your perception may not be my reality’ - Aporva Kala
There comes a moment in all of our lives, when we are confronted by the ignorance of our own perception and bump into a higher power of divine life and transcendence that transports our imaginations to other worldly possibility. It is going to take some courage to say what you see and build a brave new world based on that revelation. So embrace the moments that come to move you into new places of discovery and adventure, and your bias will slowly submit to the inevitability of transformation and change.
Peace and Love