"I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day."
- Douglas Adams
I've seen a lot in my life. Still there are many things I want to learn more about. As I get older I find myself developing a curious fascination for things I may never experience, sides of life much different from my own.
I think there's often a tendency to simply dismiss or criticize others for certain aspects of their lives that we don't understand or agree with. Whether struggles they've faced, lifestyle choices they've made or hotly debated subjects like sexual preference or religion, I wonder how many of us really take time to ask questions. To look into these issues and attempt to understand before forming our opinions.
With this in mind I'm continuing my 'Greater Understanding' series of posts. With this I want to explore things we tend to shy away from, those that some believe should be kept behind closed doors. If there's one thing I know, it's that there are a lot of people who feel misunderstood. This is where you come in.
I'm looking for people who are willing to anonymously share a bit about their lives in the following areas:
-alcohol or drug dependancy
-rape or abuse (sexual, physical or emotional)
-relationships (examples but not limited to):
Whether or not I've experienced any of this, regardless of whether it's something I'm interested in exploring or even agree with, I want to know more about it. I want to understand people better. It would be faster and easier to simply do some research and write about my findings. But without exception I've found things are easier to understand when heard or read through the words of those who have personally gone through them.
If you're experiencing (or have experienced) any of the above in your life and you're willing to write a post explaining what you've gone through, please get in touch with me at barrysquotations(at)gmail(dot)com.
If you're able to contact me anonymously that's fine, but whether you identify yourself or not please be assured that I will not be passing judgement, your post will be 100% anonymous and your name will never be revealed. Commenting will be disabled if you choose. I don't plan to edit these posts, I want to keep them in your own words. If I strongly feel a change needs to be made for some reason (usually grammatical) I'll notify you before putting it up.
I hope you'll join me in bringing a little more awareness and understanding to some very important issues. A little compassion can go a long way.
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