People fascinate me. I’ve spend my whole life learning people. Ever since I was a kid I managed to use my adaptation skills to find ways to connect with people of different cultural backgrounds & socio-economic circumstances. Now that I look back it, the hundreds of friends & connections I’ve made over the years has been both a blessing and a curse.
People are an innate human need for us. We need to connect with people. It’s what defines us as species. But of course when it comes to getting to really know & connect with someone you open yourself up to developing feelings for one another. Those feelings we have for our friends & love interests can be difficult to deal with as they are sporadic & often seem uncontrollable. Because, you see, the thing about people is they’re unpredictable. We don’t all see life the same even if we’re living the same geographic environment; and those points of view from the varying realities that exist within this spectrum are what we end up letting separate us from each-other. What an unfortunate condition of the human psyche. We separate one another simply because we have different lifestyles or points of view of what are simplistic understandings of the reality of our own existence.
When you travel enough places you come to realize life is lived differently by people all around the world. When you broaden your scope of reality, you come to realize just because you’ve been raised to believe certain understandings about the universe doesn’t necessarily mean the rest of the world actually perceives that as valid or even logical. And that’s okay. I find it tragic that people actually adopt beliefs based on tradition or simply from relative associations via family without even looking at the possibilities of what else exists in the world and wether there are truths that logically counter their own. When we remove the veil over eyes of the way the world works and how to respect one another’s beliefs we open ourselves up to so much more of a wondrous experience. You can’t possibly know everything about why and what you truly are by the time your 18 years old. Or even 20-30 in many cases. It takes time, knowledge and experience to have a justifiable outlook on personal philosophies that aren’t just good for you, but for others around you.
For example, if you’ve never left your hometown or even traveled more than 600 miles from it then how can you honestly understand how the world works from different perspectives and what other people are like in strange, and unfamiliar places? You can’t get the truth experience of life from a TV set, or even your computer. In order for you to truly understand the similarities various belief systems have you have to truly connect and relate to someone who may see things from a different point of view than your own. This allows us to develop an empathetic nature that is nature for most humans, if not all humans.
When I go out for my routine outings I always observe people. I notice how the look and interact with one another. I take note on mannerisms, facial expressions, and the overall energy they project. And what’s interesting to me is when you remove the prejudice of occupation, race, and socioeconomic background you realize that it doesn’t matter what you do in this life that many believe defines them; it matters who you are. And regardless of your prestige or social praise, there are terrible people in all walks of life. And unless you use your deeper sense and intuition, you’ll be easily manipulated and fooled by perceived notions of character. And much of the time, we find ourselves asking, why?
Truth is the people you indirectly encounter throughout your day to day have their own struggles and lives to deal with. Whether they are the check-out girl at the grocery store, your waiter at the restaurant, or local electrician, they are people and should be treated no different then you would treat someone in high regard who holds a position that is more “prominent” in the eyes of others. It pains me to see people who condescend or belittle the actions of others simply because they were raised with more privileges than the average. That’s no way to go through life and definitely not good for karma. Just so you know.
Life can be a joyous or miserable experience depending on how you look at everything. I know this better than most, as I’ve had more ups and downs than a roller coaster at your favorite amusement park, but because I learn from every experience good or bad, it allows me to continue on with a broader perspective of how things work and how to handle them. And when encountering people, every connection could be crucial to help you in life if you view it in that manner. At the end of the day, muslim or christian, white or black, blue collar/white collar, rich or poor, people are people. And that if the truest, simplest concept that we should spend more time taking into consideration every day.