It may be that I’m in a particularly cynical mood of late but, I am continually amazed at my capacity to be duped. Well, maybe that’s not the right word as much as it is my capacity to be surprised by human nature. I am never surprised by the positive and wonderful things people reach out and do. Someone saves an animal (link), someone gives up their livelihood to save others from being destitute (link SFG) and I think, “How wonderful! People can be so cool!” I guess what surprises me is when they’re not. I am continually taken aback to find out that not everyone has the best interest of other people, or even their own moral selves in mind.
I’m saddened when I read the comments after this video and see those that say things that are toxic and bigoted. When I see the suffering of refugees trying to escape the ravages of war, I’m amazed that it suprises me to hear of town meetings occurring to discuss how to keep these people out of our communities (NYT link). I can pose fifty arguments as to why these things are appalling, but that’s not the point. The issue is how much of a bombshell it feels like every time I hear something similar.
In some ways I guess it’s a good thing to be surprised by such disgusting behavior. I suppose it means Im hopeful, or less cynical than I think. Maybe I should try to cultivate an acceptance of my repetative consternation, it’s a hell of a lot better than the alternative.
***This was a Finish the Sentence Friday with the amazing Ninee Hunter, Kristi of Finding Ninee . I decided to host after offering up a sentence. Thanks for linking up and as always enjoy hopping around!
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