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A Locked Gate: Five Inspirational Verses on Embracing Difference

Updated on July 16, 2014
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By Michelle Liew Tsui-Lin

When the National Library Board in Singapore removed titles from its list of children's books because of controversial content, it caused some ire.

Some parents arranged a reading session where they released the offending books. Many supported them and as many did not.

The group that celebrated diverse views was not wrong, nor was the one that chose to protect itself from it.

Both groups, however, need to mutually acknowledge and respect their different stances. Each has biases it should not force on others.

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Prejudice is a locked door

The prejudice or bias of others, for any reason, is a bane that we have all experienced.

It is a locked door that prevents us from experiencing the beauty and goodness of Difference.

Getting others to accept what they are not used to is a painstaking process. It is difficult to affirm anything out of our personal norms.

The Effects of Bias

Yet, while this is an ideal, recognizing another perspective is beneficial and at times essential.

Not doing so closes our minds to others, much like a locked door. It bars friendship and other good graces that come with acknowledging differences.

Is it Bias

Removing Differences: Unbarring the locked door

Removing biases, whether your own or those of someone else, is unlocking a gate.

Ridding minds of these bolts involves the willingness to empathize with other perspectives. It means embracing people and unconventional notions we are not familiar with.

It is also about disagreeing agreeably. No one obliges us to agree with ideas, but the onus is on us not to force our own on others. Accepting differences boils down to mutual understanding.

And this acknowledgement cannot merely be at face value. It takes gradually embraced willingness.

Apart from this is necessary shared experience and conversation.

Below are five Fibonacci verses on the knotty subject of bias.

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A Locked Door


A

Gate

Locked firm

With dead bolt

Bars from Difference

Latched against the hands of his good

Gate

Stands

Between

Shallow souls

And spirits guided

By poignant truth and knowledge

The

Grills

Secure

Firmly latched

Against every grace

And the unseen chance of Difference

Gate

Locked

Now shuts

Mind's blind eye

To assured blessings

And the wholesomeness of good grace

Gate

Closed

Blocks sight

Of whole truth

And little Givens

That we take from hands of difference.

Inflexible, prejudiced attitudes keep goodness in all forms away. How do you deal with it? Feel free to comment below.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very wise thoughts on embracing differences and conveyed in a beautiful way.

      Having an open mind and giving space to others is very essential.

      Beautiful thoughts! Voted up and shared on HH!

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      A very well-written hub about an important topic and beautiful verses.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      It is always wise to open up our minds to the thoughts of others, and to be tolerant of other people's views, I think.

      Voted up...

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very important topic and a wonderful way of expressing biases. I love the metaphor of the closed and locked gate. Your poem is beautiful and poignant. It is so difficult for others to accept what they do not know. So many people live life with blinders on. That is why it is so important to travel and see other places and meet other people. It truly does broaden horizons. We cannot change others - only ourselves. Voted up + and shared.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Until we all learn to unlock that door, this world will have serious problems. Nicely written about a very important topic.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Well Written with a message we all must hear. Jamie

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Wonderful article and well worth reading. The video is great in so far as it carries a wonderful message to uplift others. Nice one Michelle.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An open minded individual will feel more at ease great words from you

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Always best to be with an open mind.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      You have written well on the topic of communicating successfully. We must learn to listen and reflect upon what someone is saying before responding.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Chitra!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Janet!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Mary!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Suzette! Yes, we can only change ourselves.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      That's true, Bill. Too many people keep the door closed.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Jhamann!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Manatita!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Devika!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Rasma!

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Dianna! Indeed we do.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Well said and beautifully composed. Great metaphor of the locked gate. How difficult it can be to open it, to open our minds. But it is the only way to go...

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Travmaj!

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