Monday, September 14, 2020

"People are Complicated" Should Not Be a News Flash


I have known people whose main basis for evaluating others includes some of the following: 

  • level of education;
  • job title;
  • where the person went to school;
  • salary;
  • how physically fit they are;
  • race;
  • ethnic background;
  • sex;
  • age;
  • sexual orientation;
  • home town;
  • hobbies;
  • religious beliefs (or lack thereof);
  • clubs;
  • whether they served in the armed forces;
  • political beliefs;
  • whether they have children;
  • whether they own a home;
  • the type of car they drive;
  • the magazines they read;
  • the movies they like;
  • how they dress;
  • etc.
You get the drift. It's easy and convenient for any of us to fall into these traps. Barring something extreme, it is especially scary if someone solely operates with one or two of these criteria. 

People are much more complicated and far more interesting than the "mood ring" identity games and labeling that are so common today.  

The person's character, wisdom, courage, and kindness make far more sense to me.

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