A lot of kinds of people make up humanity, but for today I’ll talk about two extremes.
In the first, there are people who seem to live under a cloud. Bad things keep happening to them – they lose jobs, they get sick, accidents seem to follow them with a purpose. We sympathize with them, and it’s considered cruel and inconsiderate to lay their bad luck at their feet – it is bad luck, after all, right? We celebrate their ability to weather what’s happened to them, give them support when we can, try to lift them up.
In the second group, there are people who appear to lead a charmed life – everything just seems to fall in their laps in life or careers; relationships and business dealings just seem to work for them. Aside from fawning over them in the hopes of having some of it rub off on us, what do we? They are often called overnight successes, or their accomplishments are demeaned. Celebrities are celebrated only so long – we seem to relish when they fall, like rubberneckers slowing to gawk the result of a bad traffic accident. If someone is successful in business, they must have done it by cheating or stealing.
We live in a tear-them-down society. Why? When did it become unacceptable to be a success? It’s as if we think that there’s only so much success to go around, and if she gets some then I won’t. Every once in a while, there will be a fad to drag us into a WIN-WIN mentality, but it inevitably gives way to a WIN-LOSE mindset.
Another thing about this – every time we assemble people in groups, we lose sight of their humanity – that they ARE people. Not everyone who seems to lead a charmed life has it perfect – we all have our trials, large and small. And not everyone who seems cursed is a saint, totally without blame for their circumstances.
We all have our own lives to lead, as different and varied as snowflakes on the wind. Try to see past the groups to the person, and figure out how to lift people up instead of tearing them down. We could all use some kindness.
I’ve settled on “Immortal” as my next ePub – it’ll be available on preorder once I have it formatted and a cover designed. Release date is February 10th.
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