There is no doubt the one-size-fits-all way of life is destructive in its nature. This is for the fact that it is defined to defy not only the very basic law of nature, but it goes on in denial of the uniqueness of every one of its kind. In this process, most of its intentions end up doing more harm than good it proclaims.
So much has been invested in conformity that anyone who begs to differ with its narrative is seen as a dissident. This happens even when the evidence and the facts of differing opinions are crystal clear. It happens mostly because so much has been invested in the narrative that cognitive dissonance becomes the order of the day. That is why expertise is so much revered above and in total disregard of individual experiences.
To have harmony of the body, mind and soul, one must first have the highest level of integrity. This integrity is not something owed to others but mostly to oneself, first. The integrity to be able to acknowledge that as much as one try to be the best they can, in this quest, one must accept their flaws and weaknesses as well as make peace with them.
This acceptance and acknowledgement should not only be limited to the individual but to the collective. It must be applied to all systems, causes and interventions meted out in the name of goodness for all; that as much as good is intended, not all beings are the same, nor will a certain action have the same effect or outcome for all; and that it may do good to some and be completely bad or even disastrous to others.
When it comes to leadership, one must understand there are people who may need to be led, and there are those who are better at leading themselves. This is not to say being led by the other is a bad thing, but one must also understand that it may also be a hindrance to one whose level of determination, aspirations and visions are above and beyond the limitations of the nature of the leadership. It is this individual then who, instead of being led, leadership must consult for guidance.
It is for this same reason that when it comes to food there are menus and buffets, so that one has a choice not only to fill the belly, but the freedom to choose to eat based on their unique nutritional needs. It is also for the same reason that, except for the uniformed nature of service, one has autonomy over what clothes to wear even it must stick to a set code. Therefore, it will be absurd to get everyone to wear a jacket because one person feels cold, or ask everyone to stand even when there are those who are not physically able.
Uncommon Sense is published every Friday in the New Era newspaper with contributions from Karlos Naimwhaka