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Value blindness

blurry

Most of us don’t see life like that picture. Well that’s not true, most of us do, we just would never admit to it. I am convinced that most of us are unable to correctly assess value. I am sure that would kick most of our defenses up, and I will hear the phrase “But I see just fine”….

If that were truly the case, then the world would look different. The truth is, that we mostly are quite blind, and even more so because we very rarely will admit to it….

Let me explain….

A girl sits in a room full of people and in walks a guy, now the odds are against the guy. Firstly he has to look the part, then he has to say the right thing and then he has to maintain that for a bit.

I am not saying all women do that, and if I had flipped the situation the guy would do the same.

What I am trying to get across here, is that we start evaluating people by what they are not, instead of allowing for an open objective view. Blindness, we normally only associate with the people who literally cannot see, but seeing with your eyes only can be far more detrimental for you.

It angers me when people who occupy the higher positions have value blindness. It is a crippling blow to a leader to sit with this disease, and yes it is a disease. It will rob this person from allowing the truly great to walk out of his/her life and not even be aware of it….

We are stuck behind titles and positions and types of clothing and the way we talk. The way we present ourselves and the list goes on, yet no one bothers to look a bit further than their nose. We just do not see value.

Look in history, all the great people, almost all of them were never accepted at their time. The likes of, Martin Luther, Jesus, Galileo, Martin Luther King…………you could add some here I am sure.

Its like we are doomed to not see what we should see…….I hope for us to “see” really “see”. Further than what we currently see…..

I beg of you, do not walk around and only see what you want to see, see first what is, then see what you cannot see…….

Sounds cryptic, but you need to see……really see….

Recognition

I think one of the greatest ills of our world comes in the form of one word. DISREGARDED. Have you ever felt that?

Let me give an example…..One day at one of the previous churches I used to frequent, there were some international pastors visiting and it was the duty of one of my friends to entertain the one from (who knows where now). Bear in mind that in the church I was one of the sound people (yep I know hey at work and church). Anyway I happened to walk past her and the pastor, and she stops and introduces the pastor to me and as I pass she says “He is………nothing, just a sound person”.
I am not one to take offense easily or from people in church (because contrary to popular belief they actually inflict more trauma than most others) but I walked away felling quite disregarded as a human I mean. I know she meant I was not a pastor, but I am not a nothing. And I know the woman well. We were and we still are good friends (that’s right I am not a petty person)

The situation just spoke volumes to me. It made me really look into my life and question what I consider important.
Do I walk around classifying people and assigning worth to them according to what they do?
I don’t think I do that intentionally anymore. To me we are all human and we have value. That’s got absolutely nothing to do with what you do.

And jumping on that bit for a moment. I am not sure if you ever noticed, but as humans we have a terminal illness, call it a deficiency. It seems we are incapable of recognizing greatness or true value when its right in front of us.
Look in history…..Galileo was discarded for his view that the world was round (who questions that anymore)
Martin Luther King assassinated now there is a Martin Luther King day.
Jesus was crucified with barely a few people in support of Him. Look today every Tom Dick and Harry are making gospel CD’s and wanting to be christian (okay that’s an exaggeration but you get what I mean)

I am not saying all people have this sickness, but with most of humanity hindsight seems to be the only way we recognize real beauty and greatness, real value.

If you suffer from that, well its mostly your loss is it not? If we cannot see real value and beauty at the time that it happens then we as a race will suffer greatly. We will be forced to destroy anything that does not comply with our current paradigm, we will ridicule what is different, we will lose the ability to change.

I suppose my question is, do you value all people regardless of what they do? Do you recognize greatness even when the people are not doing the stuff in an area you normally assign to greatness?

the Honest One