This Is The Most Powerful Force For Overcoming The Loneliness Of Being Misunderstood

This Is The Most Powerful Force For Overcoming The Loneliness Of Being Misunderstood

[db_post_title] [db_post_meta][db_feature_image] Insights from Dan Brown’s Inferno: As Humans We Long to Be Understood “The worst kind of loneliness in the world is the isolation that comes from being misunderstood.” Dan Brown, Inferno Dan Brown has been an inspiration to me for years. His novels always seem to expand my understandings and help me to bring words to the very elements I am processing at the time I read them. As a human race we have become infatuated with creating a world of black and white, good and evil. This polarized view helps to justify acts of war and segregation. It is our desire to be understood, coupled by our unwillingness to understand that is reflected in the current state of our world. Whether it is a bombing, a shooting or any other desperate act, people immediately say “I don’t understand how anyone could do that…” When I express compassion and understanding for the multitude of factors that lead to violence it often makes people uncomfortable. It is as if my ability to understand is interpreted as an acceptance or endorsement of these behaviors. Even more it is interpreted as a disregard to the identified victims. I would say that we are all victims and we are all perpetrators of each act of violence that exists in our world. “It is our desire to be understood, coupled by our unwillingness to understand that is reflected in the current state of our world.” This is the very reason many people refuse to understand others’ points of view. When we take the time to understand all the levels that influence those...