“Be curious, not judgmental.” -Walt Whitman
I heard this quote on the charming television show Ted Lasso on Apple TV the other night, and it struck a chord, especially during this time of significant change in our nation. The character Ted Lasso was responding to a man who was obnoxious and a bully by sharing that quote and telling him that many people had dismissed Ted in his life because instead of asking questions about who he was and what he believed, they made judgments based on their own biases and prejudices.
I’m hoping that all of us — including me — whether we consider ourselves blue or red, purple or chartreuse can set aside our judgments about each other and begin asking questions about who each of us is, what we believe and why we believe it. This is the challenge I accept for myself, and I ask you to accept it as well so that we can build a better life for ourselves and our world.