December 3rd, 2005
|02:25 am - From the "What brought all this on?" department|
Three things I have learned during my tenure as a human being:
- The world is not as black and white now that I'm 25 as it was when I was 15. Interestingly, there are fewer shades of gray than there were when I was 21.
- Stupid people do in fact exist in abundance. It is not my responsibility to cater to them.
- The world is full of people who differ from me on a fundamental level, and it is my responsibility to accept that. It is rarely worth sacrificing the comfort of others for my own except when some injustice is being committed.
Current Mood: fine
Current Music: Izbushka na kur'ikh nozhkakh
Recent events in my social life (and some not so recent which recently came to a head). It's not stuff I've been posting about.
And what brought this on, dear Colin?
Oh, just random stuff that's been happening in our social group. Not just what happened last week.
I get that. I do.
Here's a question for which I'm still seeking an answer -- what happens if someone you care a LOT about has such abrasive qualities? One impulse is to clear the air. Sometimes I've found that works. It doesn't change anything about either person, but at least an understanding exists. I don't like that option because it can backfire pretty spectacularly -- for instance, being on the receiving end of such an affront. I'm not sure how many people are together enough to handle that sort of thing. I'd like to think people shouldn't be so protective of their own egoes (egos? hmmm), but even when I find myself deconstructing in response to such criticism, I forget to put myself back together, or leave an important piece out.
Uh, I'm kind of rambling. Sorry.
Er, well put, Colin. Despite my long paragraph, I truly have nothing to add. :\
Well, Sean...you've made me think, if no one else has.
I'm the one with the abrasive qualities. I'm not saying that you were talking about me or anything of the sort. That's just how I fit into the scheme of things.
And what he said about Colin putting things well.