Guest Post from a CU Teen

This post was submitted by a 17 year old Christian unschooler, writing under the pen name Tris Cadekifobia. Tris has previously written for other homeschooling outlets under other names.

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How do you see the world?

When you look at a cat, what do you see? An animal? Whiskers? A cute and cuddly hairball? A mouse trap? Claws? A creature susceptible to the taunting of a dangling string? A poop machine? Impending doom?

How about a bicycle? Do you see a form of transportation? Metal bars on wheels? A way to exercise? A sprocket and chain on a frame? Recreational enjoyment? A waste of time? A tool? An opportunity to spend time with the people you care about?

What about when you look at a person? Do you see just a face? Someone with feelings? Dreams? Ideas? A competition? An object of hilarity? An insignificant passer-by? A possible friendship? Just another somebody to let you down?

Everybody looks at the world differently. It affects how we interact with our surroundings. It’s a part of who we are. A different point of view can be an object of debate. A new learning experience. A cause of strife. How you look at yourself and the world around you affects what you believe, how you live, whether or not you will live, and how you treat the people around you.

Some say peace will never be attainable because of differences in opinion. Others have different opinions, and here the downward spiral begins. We all have differing thoughts and views, and that is amazing and beautiful. When it becomes a problem is when no one can simply agree to disagree. When everyone is too busy being “right” to consider the value in others’ opinions.

So today I challenge you to share your opinions. Let others share theirs. Agree to disagree, experiment with different points of view, and keep an open mind because no matter who you are, how old you are, how smart you are, or how “right” you are, there is always more to learn.

Go forth and learn!

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