The other night, one of my younger kids was studying history. I walked into the living room, and she looked up at me and asked, “Dad, are we the good guys or the bad guys?”
“Like our family?”
“No. Our country.”
Sometimes kids ask really great questions.
I’ve never seriously thought about reasonable people truly thinking of the United States as the bad guys. Sure terrorists think that, but not regular folk. We’re for democracy. We follow the rules. We support people throughout the world who are in need, those who are being mistreated. We send aid to hungry people!
My kid’s comment made me spend a little bit of time thinking about other’s perceptions. There are some people in the world who get on my nerves, but it has never occurred to me that I could be the person that is the get on the nerver!
Some people dress weird, and speak with funny accents. You don’t think there’s a possibility that someone could possibly think that my bow ties are too showy or mock me at their dinner table?
Oh my gosh, what if I’m not right all the time? Perhaps my way of dealing with the problems at work or with the kids is sometimes the wrong way.
Nah. No way that could be the case.
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