I was asked how defining and sharing my beliefs changed my perspective, My answer is that it has shown me that beliefs are very personal and can’t be experienced the same way by different people. I still feel just as strongly about my beliefs but the fact that others can’t experience it the same way I have makes them feel even more special. In every essay I read they came from individual and the personal experiences they have lived through, thus forming the beliefs they hold. In this project, I have learned a lot about not only what I hold dear to me but how diverse beliefs are between a class that outwardly is very similar.
The hardest part of this project for me was deciding one one belief that I believed in. Through my life, I have had many experiences and through each one I found myself believing in something new. I found myself narrowing my choices down to two; one: I believe in grey how we as humans live in a limbo between good and bad, and two: that I believe that everyone deserves complete utter equality. Both of these things I hold the close to my heart and in the end it came down to which I had the most validation for and that was my belief in grey.
My favorite quote from my essay is: “I found grey in the fact that they had the capacity to be both cruel and kind. Just as every human being does.” This is a quote that epitomizes my essay as a whole, it shows every aspect of why humans live in grey. Even as a simple quote it can represent humanity, every human can do the best or worst with what they are given. Just as many have done for example, Gandhi he had the capacity to cause mass destruction and he chose to be kind. Just as people like Hitler chose to do wrong.
“Life is a balance between what we can control and what we cannot, I am learning to live between effort and surrender.”-Danielle Orner