There’s a store by the name “Anthropology”, and yesterday, I was chatting with a friend about this store… much later last night, as I retired for the night, I lay in bed thinking about the word Anthropology…
According to dictionary.com (displaying just the first of the four meanings/definitions listed):
1. The science that deals with the origins, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of humankind.
Then came to mind some lines from a book I read not too long ago…there the author rephrased the definition somewhat along the lines of… being interested without judgment, in the way other people choose to live and behave. He then went on to describe how this strategy can be applied toward developing compassion and being more patient.
When someone acts in a way that seems strange to you, rather than reacting in your usual way, such as, “I can’t believe they would do that,” instead say something to yourself like “I see, that must be the way she sees things in her world. Very interesting.” However, if order for this strategy to help you, you have to be genuine. There’s a fine line between being “interested” and being arrogant, as if secretly you believe that your way is better.
The point I am trying to get out there is: Let’s all become true anthropologists! STARTING NOW!
Happy rest of September 🙂