Perspective comes in community.
Left to myself I can only create a one-dimensional view of the world. Add another person and suddenly I start to get depth perception and perspective.
Growing up my family regularly drove long distances together overnight and thought nothing of it. My mom made curtains for the car and as we rolled across the Tennessee line headed south from Ohio early in the morning we would change clothes. We counted cars and read books and slept in between the suitcases in a day before child safety seats.
I have now met several people for whom trips like that create anxiety and sleep deprivation. What I took for granted I now realize was somewhat unusual. Many families are not comfortable travelling long distances in a car for 20 plus hours at a time.
Left to myself I would have stayed in a one-dimensional world. Left to myself I would arrogantly assume that everyone sees things just like I do.
Now, in community, I suddenly begin to see a world of different perspectives. When James the brother of Jesus says we should be “Quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,” he is helping us maintain a guardrail against selfish and one-dimensional thinking.
In what part of your life are you clinging to a one-dimensional view of the world, and who can help you gain perspective in that area of your life?