Last night whilst reading, my wife nonchalantly turned to me and said...did you know you are a heretic?
I had a reasonable understanding of the word but to be certain I looked it up in the dictionary. One of the definitions of a heretic is 'anyone who does not conform to an established attitude, doctrine, or principle'.
I then wondered how many of you might also gladly take on the mantle of being a heretic?
Based on the definition above there are some real advantages of being a heretic especially when you include the exquisite skill of having the opportunity and ability to think about anything in any manner you wish.
I am reminded of a moment in time when I first learned every stimulus in the world is neutral (has no meaning) until the observer assigns one. If you can relate to this and believe it to be true then you are also a heretic and welcome to the 'you-nified' tribe.
Society might have you believe that there are no neutral stimuli only good or bad or variations of, which denies individuals the opportunity to create their own versions of reality which is an inalienable right.
Let it be known that you are welcome as a heretic to share your perspective as it is your opinion.
I might not agree with it yet the opportunity to share it is still yours.
Perhaps a more interesting question is whether the opinion that you have aligns with who you want to be and how you want to feel based on the emotions that occur around your belief or perspective.
I believe it was Viktor Frankl who said "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom"
What a powerful heretical statement that is.