This was yet another absolutely brilliant Daily Prompt idea. Hey, you’re looking good there, Daily Prompt… have you lost weight? You look smashing… What’s that?
Describe your last attempt to learn something that did not come easily to you.
Oh. That. It’s people. I am in an eternal struggle to learn why people do the things they do. Rage over guns, elections, politics, religion… and more personal behaviors like treating or mistreating someone, rewarding or punishing them, with no rhyme or reason, no consistency, no guide or intelligence or framework. Just a series of whims, of ‘what do I want now, got it – ATTACK!’ People never cease to amaze me – whether it be the cruelest most selfish acts imaginable, or the most selfless and kind acts possible.
There is love and beauty, and pain. This blog, and these bloggers in my own blogosphere have taught me that talking about things, working through them with tons of people who are either going through the same things you are, or are supportive in other ways, can be one of the most healing and enlightening places anywhere. I have seen many people come in depressed, who are now on top of the world. I have also seen people who came in okay, or depressed, and left worse off than before. I don’t understand why some benefit, and some don’t, because it’s the same helpful machine. It’s easy to avoid haters on here, and easy to get support. And for me, it’s easy to give support. Some people spend an awful lot of time putting themselves down, and then just for the fuck of it they make that one post, just to see, no expectations, no promises, who cares, no one will like this -
And it turns out to be one of the most brilliant, touching, emotional, awesome, incredible and/or moving pieces I have ever read in my life.
And I see this happen again and again. I nearly always point it out to them, and let them know that it was good, or that I felt it, or that they should continue because they’re brilliant. What I don’t understand is – who the hell is around them, not seeing their beauty? Who is putting them down, or discounting them, or attacking them? I just don’t get it. Seriously, I don’t own a gun and probably won’t, so as long as I don’t get shot by some asshole, gun laws aren’t important. I won’t get bogged down in it, but it’s wrong that at the bottom of the NRA and the battle over the Second Amendment is money – stricter laws mean fewer guns can be sold, period. Politics is just a few loud and stupid people shouting over clearer heads, working up other loud and stupid people, until it’s a bunch of loud stupid people trying to battle each other while the rest of us just live our lives. Same with nearly every issue, every part of the human condition that affects a lot of people, except for the one thing that literally affects everyone…
Making the world happier for everyone. I don’t understand why people no do this.
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