Walking in Another Person’s Shoes

I ran across this quote on a blog by Gehad Gamal and I’m not sure if she wrote it or if it should be attributed to someone else, but it struck me.

No human being can be more human than another human being.
I liberate you from my ignorance.

Have you ever thought of someone as less human than yourself? Maybe not, but if I were to say that I never have judgmental thoughts, unfair biases, or preconceived notions about others, I would be lying. I suppose recognizing them is the first step to liberating others from MY ignorance.

Here is another quote from a blog: “Social media platforms are where civil discourse goes to die.” Isn’t that the sad truth. Social media is where a lot of our ignorance as a human race shows up. I don’t say that to be mean, but to point out that we imprison others when we belittle, bully, and berate our fellow man or woman. Social media tends to be ripe with cruelty. It is good to remember, “No human being can be more human than another human being.”

Another quote: “You can’t understand someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” This sounds like an adage a parent or pastor may have drilled into our heads while we were growing up. Our featured painting by Vincent Van Gogh could go with this saying. Van Gogh often chose shoes as his subject. He painted these wooden-soled leather clogs in the French town of Saint-Rémy where he was treated in a clinic for psychiatric problems. Despite his condition, he continued to paint, and it was during this time that he painted these clogs. It is well known that Van Gogh was bullied by a man named Rene Secretan and his brother Gaston. It is thought by some that Secretan killed Vincent instead of the more popular belief that Vincent took his own life. They say Vincent may have covered up the shooting to protect Secretan. We may never know. Van Gogh was only 37 years old.

Let me end with one more quote from JFK: “So let us not be blind to our differences but let us also direct our attention to our common interests and the means by which those differences can be resolved. For in the final analysis, our most basic and common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s futures. And we all are mortal.”

Being Human connection: Be kind to each other. We are more similar than we are different.

Featured art: Vincent Van Gogh, A Pair of Leather Clogs, Autumn 1889, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. -1 Peter 3:8-9a