Daily Prompt – Filter

In response to: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/filter/

Filters and the Common Age

In today’s day and age, I can say without hesitation that nearly everything has some sort of filter.

This filter may be in regards to our own language use at school, or work, or home. This filter may be in regards to the access to information and facts given to use from politicians and the media. This filter may even be in regards to just that – and actual filter – on a photo.

To filter is defined as:

To process and/or asses items to reject those that are unwanted.

However, as much as we would like to think so, we are not only comprised of the good parts of our personality or past. The good, the bad, and the ugly of our past, our personality, and our thoughts all make up who we are.

No matter the type of filter, in today’s society it is deemed natural and almost neccessary to not be authentic. To use some sort of filter.

Society not only creates standards that must be followed, but expects us to follow these standards. And if we don’t, we are expected to act like we do – act like we’re perfect – just to fit in.

We ‘fit in’ with filters (I mean, “fake it, ’til you make it” – am I right?!)

However wrong these stereotypes and standards may be, our constant use of filters everyday (consciously and/or subconsciously) continues to encourage them everyday.

The only way to combat this is a personal choice – the choice to be authentic. Being unique is not a bad thing, it is our individuality and diversity distinguishes us from the other species on this Earth. Therefore, why wouldn’t we want to embrace our differences, the good and the bad.

The only way to reduce this idea that everyone needs to be perfect is for us to stop filtering ourselves and show that our uniqueness and even the bad parts about us can be good, as they shaped us into who we are today.

This can all start with you.

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