While watching American Pickers, my mother asked me, "Do you think it's possible to ever really understand someone else's perspective? If someone grew up being told the sky was brown, do you think you'd ever convince them that the sky is blue?"
I said, "I
think most people accept what they're taught without question. When
they encounter something outside their experience or contrary to what
they believe, they either ignore it or violently oppose it." I watched
as teary-eyed old man made a deal to sell one of his many antique
bicycles. "Maybe not. Maybe people are more willing to explore, but
the ones who aren't just yell louder." I looked back at her and
half-grinned. "Trying to help a lost soul, are you?"
"Always. And you?"
"Always." Even if it's only my own.