A few short pages into his book Considerations, author Colin Wright explains the book with the following, “This is not a how-to instructive tome, and you won’t find solutions to all of life’s problems in its pages, but you may find some tools worth using, which you can apply to your own life, your own questions, your own problems, your own perspectives.” As soon as I read this quote I knew that I had picked up the right book. Recently I have been working hard to understand other people, their ideas, beliefs, and views of the world, and what I have found is that adopting any single belief about the world and sticking to it is dangerous. Whether that belief is political, ethical, behavioral, or something else, it is dangerous to think that you are correct and that others are wrong, especially if you try to press that idea on to others.
What I have also begun to see is that there are many more gray areas in life than we want to live with. In certain areas we want the explanations and truths to be simple, but in a world of multiple perspectives, backgrounds, and social choices it is difficult to pinpoint the best answer to anything. What Wright explains in his quote above is that he does not have answers for us, but that he can help us reach better places of understanding. By considering new ideas and being open to change, we can better behave and grow in a way that answers the biggest questions we have. When I read the quote above I left myself a note, “don’t search for answers, but search for important tools.” Wright’s idea made me think of the value in living a full life and pursuing a full life through growth. By looking to expand my toolbox for understanding life, I will reach a more satisfying place. By looking for answers and truth, I will only feel more discouraged by the vast gray area and the lack of concrete solutions.