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Most humans operate with a deeply ingrained sense of what is “right” and “wrong”, a belief system that has been reinforced by society, parents, friends, religion, education, the media, etc. Much of that belief system is part of a required social structure that keeps us, the human race, from spiraling into Thunderdome status: don’t steal, don’t murder, don’t go prancing down the aisles of the supermarket without your pants.

Unfortunately, many of those beliefs or ingrained behaviors are harmful (to you or others) and you might not even know it. Even worse, many of social “norms” for the majority are systematically disenfranchising minority communities. A couple of thoughts to consider:

  • What if what you think is wrong (and/or immoral) doesn’t match up with another person’s definition of wrong? Who is right? And who gets to decide?
  • What if your belief of what is “wrong” is negatively affecting others simply through its shared and systematic implementation?

The diversity of our planet is staggering, yet many continue to imagine a world where everyone should fit in the same box and act the same way.

That’s ridiculous.

Simply talking about this stuff can lift the shroud of taboo. Being open to new information and recognizing that we may not have all the answers (and that there may be others out there who actually know more than we do) can change the way we see the world.

My little boy drew this picture, and even though he is beginning to experience social gender constraints at school, he amazes me with his insistence on his preferences. I am incredibly proud of him for continuing to be himself despite challenges at school.

My son (age 7) drew this picture of Rainbow Dash using Windows Paint.

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