Understanding Privilege

31 Oct 2018
10:40 - 11:35
Ballroom

Understanding Privilege

“The ancestor of every action is a thought” ~ Emerson

It can be said that humans look for excuses and not reasons for their actions. Therefore a great deal of our reasoning is acted out to justify and do the work of our self-indulgent feelings or to find evidence imposed by our emotions, personal views, sympathies, and biases. As travelers, adopting viewpoints such a “white privilege” and “western privilege” can easily lead to a “savior” complex. This is blinding and prevents pure and enriching experiences that could otherwise lead to deeper understandings of each other for mutually beneficial relationships. I will examine origins of how opinions are taken as truth without reason and how it lies in misunderstanding the primary laws of thoughts. The result then, is acting from biases and instead further away from truth and compassion. Allow me to present another perspective that could result in you feeling empowered with the privilege of seeing with a widened scope of knowledge over that of mere strong opinions. With practice, we \can become experts in examining our thoughts transforming them into truly positive actions along our journey in life.