Rigid notions of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ deny other humans their right to commit ‘mistakes’, overlooking the possibility that we ourselves might have been mistaken in defining what constitutes a mistake.

Belittling contradictory views is essentially a defense-by-offense mechanism to self-validate. However, it is possible to honour and uphold one’s values without feeling threatened by opposing views. The courage to face and accept incongruent opinions can open our eyes to the thousands of colors that occupy the space between black and white, between labels and judgements.

To quote Rumi (from “The Essential Rumi”, a compilation of his poems translated by Coleman Barks):

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other”
doesn’t make any sense.
The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.”