Country mouse vs city mouse
I have been working in a small town for the last couple days. I work with a fellow, who shall remain unnamed, who has been unhappy with the people in the town. I inquired as to the issues. He in formed me that he felt alienated and not accepted by the people. I said I had not felt that (I grew up in a small town). I thought for a moment and replied that I thought it might be his attitude. I said that when he meets them it appears that he judges them, finds fault with their small town life and treats them in a smug demeanor. I added that he should try to see things from their point of view. He retorted that they judge him and don't bother seeing things from his point of view.
Both he and I were right. The street goes both ways. You can't have your cake and eat it too. Enough clichés.
There seems to be a large disconnect between city people and town folk. Both sides do not accept the other and even make fun of the each other. There is not much attempt to understand perspective nor walk in the other persons shoes. Instead of understanding there is laughter, anger and hatred.
There are often legitimate reasons that things are done differently in each place. Focus and work are different. Sometimes even words and phrases are different. We should learn to understand each other and have ears open to differing opinions. We do not have to accept other's opinions but accept that they have them and that they have a right to think differently. Isn't it wonderful that we don't all think the same way?!