While reading a New York Times article on why women often stay more quite at work, I was reminded about a construct which exists in all of us.
Inherent bias: It’s the reason more black officers are shot by other officers while undercover than white officers. It’s the reason women’s opinions and observation are often less heard and valued than men.
Oppression of others does not have to be overt.
One of the solutions is mindfulness. Without meditation and mindfulness we have a high risk of falling into reaction and of never fully turning the gaze of our awareness onto our own reality.
It takes a calm mind, which has the ability to sit through emotional fluctuations, to see truth in a situation.
In life, those who observe longest without falling into opinion acquire the most understanding.
The second we attain an opinion our judgement is immediately biased. Especially if we are sure that we have come to the correct conclusion.
Hold off just a little bit longer – just as a matter of professionalism. See what you might hear.
Inherent bias is the enemy. It clouds our vision. It takes our edge. Our emotions can become strings, which allow us to be played like an instrument by those who know the chords.
Seek truth or allow yourself to be the defender of someone else’s story.
That’s the true rebellion .