So what is Shattering The Lens? I think we too often forget to look inward at ourselves. As a result, we become closed off to other people’s ideas and thoughts, or new ways of thinking about and seeing the world. Seems a little counterintuitive, but a lack of introspective ability can actually close you off to the outside world. We delude ourselves by pretending like we’re open minded and respectful when really we just ignore what others have to say, cling to our own beliefs, and act like we’re being accepting. Instead, we are just being disingenuous. We become guarded, holding our emotions and opinions close to our hearts, because we fear that we will be rejected or that we’ll offend somebody. The most tragic consequence of this state is that we prevent ourselves from being able to love. We lose the capacity to be honest and vulnerable, and so we become unable to open ourselves up to others.
We each have a lens through which we view the world. It forces us into our own realities plagued by unexamined assumptions and biases. It is my goal to shatter this lens. I have been conducting this effort for myself for several years, and I have found that I have learned a great deal about myself and about others. I have begun to understand why certain people do certain things, which makes a lot more of those things tolerable. My relationships have been more successful and fruitful, and I have become able to separate myself from those people that are harming me. My opinions on important issues have evolved, and I have become increasingly able and willing to articulate those opinions to others.
Shattering The Lens is, as best as I can describe it, an attempt to remove thought and discourse from the realm of bias and dishonesty. This is a place where we can talk about anything openly and freely, without fear of offense or judgement. Granted, there may be emotional and hot button topics on this site, and I don’t expect everyone to agree. I don’t expect everyone to accept each other’s opinions or encourage them. After all, a line has to be drawn somewhere. However, I do hope that, because this is a venue for open articulation, people will gain insight into their beliefs and insights into the beliefs of others.
Basically, this is a place to learn about and explore ideas that may be different from your own.