Two sides… Two perceptions… Two truths? What were the INITIAL perceptions that created the recent tragedy in Florida with Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman?
We may never know the actual truth about this. However, in reading some of the initial articles, there appears to be two perceptions of judgments and assumptions:
- Zimmerman was concerned about a young black man with a hoodie walking down the street.
- Martin expressed concern about an older hispanic man following him.
Could it be that both became defensive and protective?
Could it be that both dropped into judgement and reaction?
Could it be that both decided the other was out to harm him?
As soon as you perceive a threat, real or imagined, you can feel your adrenaline start to surge and your flight or fight reaction begin. Once you are ‘taken over’ by the fear, your thinking capacity drops and you begin to react totally by protective instincts.
Think about, if you thought your life was in danger – would you just calmly walk away or would you turn and face your fear with love? Most would not do either, we would be on guard and do what was needed in the moment.
Be aware for the next few days or weeks about your initial perception of strangers near you. What initial thought do you have BEFORE you rationalize it away?
As much as everyone talks about accepting diversity and honoring the differences among us, there still seems to be a lot of cultural prejudice, judgments and assumptions made about those different from us (in whatever way you define that.)
To change perceptions, it is critical to go beyond the rational thought process which is actually a secondary step. To change perceptions, you have to access and change the subconscious program or thought pattern that initiates the perception. Once that is changed, then a different perception is possible and outcomes like the one in Florida may be resolved before they ever get started.
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