Hannah and Je together

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Right Banana Peeling

A few weeks ago, I was peeling banana at school.  A lady saw me and said, “You’re doing the banana right.”  I was wondered and asked what she meant.  She said, “you know, some people peel the banana in the wrong way, I mean, from the wrong end.”

Then I was stunned.  Why do we have to judge everything in wrong or right frame?  If we judge people wrong even for banana peeling, then how much do we judge others for other things?  Is it our (biological) brain or social culture which programmes us to think different things as wrong?

I must train myself first not to condemn different as wrong.

몇주 전에 학교에서 바나나를 까고 있는데 어떤 아줌마가 날 보더니 “옳은 방식으로 바나나를 까네요”라고 했다.  그래서 그게 뭔 소린가 물어봤더니, “그러니까, 어떤 사람들은 바나나를 잘못된 방식으로 까잖아요, 잘못된 끝에서부터 벗기니까.”

순간 망치로 머리를 맞은 듯 했다.  왜 우리는 모든 것을 옳은 것과 잘못된 프레임으로 판단을 해야 하는 것일까?  심지어 바나나 까는 것조차 이런데 중요한 문제는 더 심하겠지.  다른 것을 잘못된 것으로 판단하도록 프로그램 한 게 우리의 생물학적 뇌일까 아니면 사회 문화일까?

다른 것을 잘못된 것으로 정죄하지 않도록 나 자신부터 훈련을 해야겠다.

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