I often wonder, my mind being what it is, how we ever manage to function, either as individuals or as a society. There is, granted, considerable evidence to support the premise that we don’t, and that the world is a huge house of cards forever in the process of crumbling.
How can we adjust to waking up one day to find those things which are so integral to our lives--the people we love so very much and who form the very foundations of our being, or the places to which we have such strong attachments--gone forever? Memories are precious and I cannot imagine life without them, but comforting and satisfying as they may be, they can also be cruel. They present themselves to us as a huge, impenetrable glass wall between the now and then. The objects of memory may be so very real you can see them, hear them, feel their presence--you can literally ache for them--but you cannot reach out and touch them.
How is it that we expect so much, yet are willing to give so little?
How can we expect to be treated fairly and with courtesy when we put our own interests above everyone else's?
How can we so easily ignore that which we don't want to see/acknowledge?
How is it that we can so clearly see the faults of others, yet not recognize our own?
How can we so easily give excellent advice, yet never take it ourselves?
How can so many people suffer from such severe moral dyslexia, blithely going through life spouting phrases from the bible while condemning anyone who does not think exactly what they do? How can they be so thoroughly convinced that that the Golden Rule says “Do unto others as you would have done unto them.”
How can people possibly justify deliberate rudeness to those who have done nothing to deserve it?
How can we blindly tolerate rudeness and bad service from those we pay to provide those services without voicing our displeasure to someone in a position do something about it?
How can people simply throw their garbage out the car window, or drop it within six feet of a garbage can?
How can so many so readily accept the most blatantly egregious falsehoods without question, and why is it that the more lacking in logic the falsehood is, the more readily it is accepted?
How is it so much easier to hate than to love?
How can we be so smug in the assumption of our moral superiority that we cannot even entertain the thought that there might be even a shred of truth in opinions other than our own?
How can we cling to hope when every shred of existing evidence clearly says there is none?
And for all the negatives in all the questions posed above, it is only that last one that matters, for it is what makes us truly human.
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