Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sometimes you need a reminder...

... that life as you see and experience it isn't necessarily at all the same for anyone else.

I haven't posted in a while, but I've been thinking a lot lately and wanted to get this down before the thought left me.

Equality, it's certainly an idea. Something that many people are trying to get in various facets of their lives and at the same time others are trying to undermine.  The problem, I think that arises out of all of this is perception.  Let's face it, as long as someone actively tries to pursue equality for something for some group of people that isn't really equality - or at least not in the sense that its forced. 

The simple truth we're forgetting is that humans, and this has been true since the beginning of recorded history and probably before, are so good at hate.  In fact hate and its frequent neighbor bigotry seem ingrained in us.  If we're totally honest with ourselves and each other we know that at some point during our lives we have all hated something or someone and perhaps still do.  Additionally we've used bias and prejudice - sometimes fueled by fear, misunderstanding or popular sentiment, to make decisions against something or someone.

This is a natural human condition. Of course, that doesn't mean we are equally capable of love.  I just feel that it seems its always easier for us to play the other side. We are so good at finding the things in other people that consider their weaknesses and exploit them. We may not even be aware that we're doing it.  But if we want to find the good in people, that's something we have to seek out, it doesn't come to us as naturally or easily. Perhaps that has more to do with primitive survival instincts that have remained with us through our evolutionary process.

Either way, people suck.  We do things all the time that some one or some group doesn't appreciate.
I myself do this all the time.  It's not that I am a bad person, but I so easily find flaws and fault in others and exploit it where necessary or otherwise just belittle or make fun of people.