As individuals, we all have our own ideologies. We believe in different things. Thus, we have different perceptions of what is right and what is wrong. Just as Shindo Kojiro from KADO: The Right Answer said,
“There isn’t just one answer, for one thing. We aren’t god. We’ll never know what was right and what was the right answer for the rest of our lives. But, even if we don’t know, we just have to keep looking.”
As humans, we will never know the right answer. All we can do is continually ponder whether our decisions were right or wrong. Never knowing the truth, we have no choice but to live trusting our own decisions. Whether right or wrong, we continue moving forward based on the decisions we have made.
However, as we go through life, there are bound to be people whom you would clash heads with. Differing perspectives causes conflict. While there are most likely people like me would often prefer to avoid any conflict, there are times when we cannot back down from what we believe. Especially when we are being pressured to do something we believe is wrong or pointless in comparison to what we have in mind.
While each of us try to hold on to our own beliefs and do not want to back down,
“In all events, there is no such thing as a 100% probability. You must continue to think… To constantly think, that is the only right answer in this world.” – Yaha-kui zaShunina (KADO: The Right Answer)
As we fight with people and argue over our beliefs on what is right or wrong. What is meaningful and what is meaningless. We have to at the same time keep an open mind. The first thing in mind must not simply always be how do I defend my position, but instead, what is the other person’s reason for holding so strongly to his belief? Is there something that I cannot see from my perspective? Am I truly… right?
Only when one seriously considers the other person’s perspective, can he solidify his belief in his own. If one immediately dismisses the other person’s opinion due to his own arrogance, it would simply mean he is too narrow-minded. It could even mean that he is too afraid to look into a different perspective in fear of having their current beliefs shaken. Afraid because he has held on to his belief for so long that he is unwilling to change. Afraid that he may have been wrong all this while.
While they may be right in many cases, if they continually choose to dismiss other’s thoughts and opinions without thinking too much into it, they will never change if need be. Never change to get closer to the true right answer.
Even if we may never be able to reach a true right answer. Even if a true right answer may not even exist, by continually trying to understand and seeking understanding from others, we can at least attempt to shape our beliefs to make better decisions. Decisions that we can at least feel, from the bottom of our hearts, are correct.
Do you have confidence in the decisions you make on a daily basis? Or are you constantly hesitant to make decisions in fear of making a wrong move? Do you feel that there is actually an absolute right or wrong answer to everything? Or do you feel that everything is subjective and can be seen as right or wrong depending on which perspective you are looking at the situation from? Please comment your thoughts below. 🙂
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