Good advice given to me by a friend a long time ago, yet I ignored it. I just feel the need to explain my case and to understand other’s perspectives, but sometimes when you speak to those that are horribly disillusioned and close-minded, it just adds to your stress levels. You won’t understand or get through to them cause their world is really small, centred around themselves. They hide behind a misguided sense of morality (usually religious convictions) and use that to feel a sense of superiority when really they are just as (sometimes more) lost as the rest of us.
My issue stems from the assumption that everyone is open-minded and kind. For me I give the older generation a free pass when they are not as accepting, but people around my age, I tend to assume they are open-minded and happy to listen to (and respect) other’s views. That’s my problem. You live and you learn I guess.
Key take away to constantly remind myself – don’t engage with stupid, you just invite toxicity into your life.