Engineers, brain surgeons, rocket scientists, prize-winning authors, environmentalists, humanitarians… just a few examples of how we humans are capable of astonishing feats of greatness.
And then, there are people like Bernie Madoff, Ted Bundy, Timothy McVeigh, Stalin and Hitler… those who savagely take advantage of people or commit such unspeakable evil that the average human being can hardly fathom it.
The truly astonishing part is that it all exists in the same world. Even more astonishing… to a certain degree both of the above exists in all of us, too. I’m trying to work on not having negative thoughts about people I don’t even know yet or prejudging people as good or bad within just a few seconds of interaction. I know, not nearly as bad as being a serial killer and I’m glad for that!
Sometimes though I get the impulse to tell people to just leave me the f— alone when I see them approaching or I just generally have mean thoughts. Lately I’ve been catching myself and asking God or the universe or some power inside myself to help me. Help me not be like that because I do like people.
This can happen when a person gets burned enough by other people, I suppose. Even so, doesn’t mean I have to carry it around everywhere. I can get rid of that kind of baggage anytime I want… if I choose.
Easier said than done though, right?
The following quote is from my Facebook page—people seem to like it a lot.
More: Memos at midnight