Fandango’s Provocative Question #70


FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

When I was doing the A to Z Blogging Challenge last month, I posted old sayings or adages daily and in alphabetical order, A through Z. One of the old adages I came across, but did not use was this: “Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes.”

The suggestion to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes means that, before judging someone, you must understand his or her experiences, challenges, thought processes, etc. In effect, it is a reminder to practice empathy.

And that brings me to this week’s provocative question.

If you could choose anyone, past or present, and walk that proverbial mile in his or her shoes, who would you choose, and why would you choose that person?

This is a very difficult choice.

In order to understand someone, we do need to see their life from their perspective. And to choose to live their life for a while, that is, walk in their shoes, your desire to do so needs to be strong. Why?

Because if you love them, you are taking a chance that you may learn something that may disillusion you towards them.

I would like to walk in the shoes of my mother. She was 26 when she died and I wasn’t even 6. So I would love to know her, her thoughts, her joys, and her sorrows! I may find that she wasn’t the person I thought her to be. But that is a risk anyone who is choosing this path, would face.

Will I actually do it if it were an option?

I would, because the desire to know her is very strong, despite the risk of finding some unfavorable things about her.




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