Inclusion is a better way

I recently had a conversation about protection and acquiring defenses in preparation for conflicts that might happen in the future. My first thought/question, is the world and others a thing we need to shield ourselves from? Is everything and everyone hostile toward us?

I can imagine we feel or think they must protect our stuff, thoughts, ideas, beliefs, and world views in an effort to keep and preserve what we have.

I wonder if this view is missing a vital thing or two, namely, that including, acknowledging and appreciating others is a better way forward in short and long term and it leads to a more meaningful and satisfying lives. Excluding and isolating ourselves from others cuts off opportunities to learn from others, to share with others and to exchange ideas, beliefs, viewpoints, etc…

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