Everyone wants to be on the right side of history.
I have noticed this pattern over the past few years, and it is confirmed time and time again so much so that I have incorporated it as a core truth in my understanding of people.
But like the history taught in classrooms, history is biased, influenced by many factors and not necessarily true. Each person has their own version of history that is true for them and maybe other individuals that have a common background, belief system or goal.
To be on the right side of history means that we are doing something memorable and impactful, something noteworthy in the great timeline of events. To be on the right side of history also means there is conflict because if there is a right side, there is a wrong side.
While this truth has helped me understand my personal journey, it has even more so helped me understand other people and have a lens of empathy and compassion. When I observe someone making a decision that I don’t agree with, I can see it beyond that the person is doing something bad/wrong/hurtful/terrible. Instead, it lets me see their action as a survival mechanism/a principled decision. To note – just because I understand why someone is doing something does not mean that I agree with it or need to tolerate it.
What we do does not occur in a vacuum. Our actions are external manifestations created on a foundation of core beliefs, worldviews and traumas. The better we can understand where other people are coming from, the more impact we can make on our side of history.