Word of the Week: Perspective
by Sydney Adams, GMC Prep Cadet
Perspective is defined as “a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.” We all need perspective to have and to form opinions. Our perspective is important because it is the way we see things, whether that be ourselves or others. It also affects our attitude. For example, someone with a positive perspective will likely assume the best out of every situation. This causes them to not only have a positive attitude, but also for others to have that same attitude towards them.
Perspective is especially important to our country because it affects both how we see ourselves and how we are viewed by other countries. If other countries have a negative perspective of the United States, it can lead to potential conflicts. Having a positive perspective is also crucial to us because it directly affects our ability to sympathize. Without sympathy, we become selfish. We need perspective so that we see the good in everything.
We do not have to always agree with one another. However, by having perspective, we can see another’s point of view and opinion on a topic and engage in respectful discourse. Not everyone’s perspective will be the same, or even similar, but this is positive; it allows us to see one topic in multiple ways, which can spark change when and where change is needed. Perspective helps us to grow and evolve as humans.
Without perspective, we would never have change. We would make mistakes, but we would never be able to learn from them. I think perspective is important to our country because it allows everyone to think differently from one another. Perspective is what makes us unique as individuals. It also allows us to overcome the obstacles that we have and will continue to face. Perspective gives us the opportunity to be strong and come together when the time is needed.