By Hans Magleby
Humans are really self centered. All of us, even those who we believe are the most kind, have some degree of egotistical manner. I, personally, because I am a soft and frail boy, would greatly enjoy seeing some kind of change in the ways that humans can interact with one another—a comprehension of circumstance, an understanding of an unpleasant situation, etc.
What has happened to everyone that they must focus solely on themselves, and what is happening that may have some impact on them?
Why is it that we are so egotistical and scared that certain activities, words, sayings, and even entire cultures have become taboo?
Say something unfolds in an individual's life that could potentially have a negative impact on others this individual interacts with. The individual tells these people, and a short period of time later, everything between this individual and the people he told has spiraled out of control. A lot of things can be the cause of this, like a bad explanation or a simple misunderstanding, but if both of those are accounted for, everyone is on the same page, and it can come down to people having their own best interest in mind before anything else.
Now, don’t take this as me saying that you shouldn’t care about yourself. In every situation, you should always come first, but only to a point. Eventually, your self interest becomes narcissistic and you turn into a twit. I’m also not saying to be overly sensitive. Again, keep your preferences and limits in mind, but we as a species do a wonderful job at highlighting negative aspects of everything. We can’t often find good news stories amongst an excessive amount of negative, clickbait-y trash. We can’t spare anything when asked by the less fortunate, even when we know we can, and we go as far as to cross the street or lock car doors when we see homeless. Depending upon the person who is in this situation. We also do a fantastic job at taking something that is normal and accepted somewhere, and as soon as it is found or occurs in the USA, it’s immediately made negative and publicized as being some great, destroying power.
For example(s), you can agree or disagree with the ideas and happenings of gay marriage, but if you go as far as the Westboro Baptist Church, offense intended, something needs to change. You can be racist—you shouldn’t be—but what is the origin of that? What happened to you that was so life-changingly bad that an ENTIRE RACE OF PEOPLE need to feel your hatred and disgust for them?
Some things are taken too far, or changes are too quickly not happening/happening. But ultimately, as a species, we can be more understanding to circumstance. The classic saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is accurate, because the cover is oftentimes just that—a cover. It hides what people really think and feel, because of this, I believe that we can be more comprehensive and a more caring people, less about bringing people down and using derogatory terms in such commonplace, and more. Something as simple as someone’s sense of humor, or the fashions they wear, to something as extreme as hating religions and races for things that you believe they did. I believe that these can, and should come to an end. We can all find a greater sense of comprehension and a deeper knowledge with just a little extra time put into ourselves and the people we go through life with.