“Idealism is what we strive for; realism is how we actually live. Both schools of thought have benefits and liabilities, and both are essential to the whole, balancing one another like day and night, sun and moon. Somehow, we have to bridge this gap – not by convincing one worldview to agree with the other, but through understanding, tolerance, and respect. In finding common ground, those arguing across the fence over gun control, abortion, and drugs will no longer see one another as evil or crazy, but only as different.
Living on purpose requires insight into the realist and idealist within yourself – recognizing that you may take an idealistic position on some issues and a realist stance on others. This is why our attitudes differ on various topics. But even though our views may differ, I need to acknowledge that your views are as necessary as mine. If we agree on everything, only one of us is necessary. Finding room for both our views, we serve to check and balance each other, so in fact we all work together, striving toward our highest ideals in the real world.”
Dan Millman, in “Everyday Enlightenment”
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