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Be Right or Be Happy?

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How early did we lose our childlike wonder? When did we lose that innocent state in which we  did not judge others, nor need to be “right”—when we saw the best in everything and everyone, and when it did not matter that someone was Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist, republican, democrat, omnivorous, vegetarian, gay, or of a different race? Somewhere along the way we lose our innocence and started to judge others.

Being right, defending our positions, takes an enormous amount of mental energy and often alienates us from the people in our lives. Needing to be right – or needing someone else to be wrong – encourages others to become defensive, and puts pressure on us to keep defending. It takes up to much energy to be doing this. This can lead to war. We war over ideas and beliefs that we often have never questioned. These include ideas from…

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