"The Good and Bad in People"
On adjusting the social mindset
Realize the futility of categorizing people into Good
and Bad, Acceptable and Unacceptable. This
is our flaw, the type of prejudice
that hinders mankind from real prosperity, in intellect and ultimately
individuality. We tear down what gets in the way of progress.
In doing so, we have ceased to recognize the
volatility of the human soul, its capriciousness,
and its ever-changing
tendencies. We have set divisions in order to perpetuate the illusion of
organization and purpose.
But this is how we impede progress, by forgetting who
we are, by forgetting how to
So don’t knit your eyebrows at the girl who sleeps in
the day and gets high at night. Don’t
harbor any disdain on the homeless man
who refused your help so many times as his skin collected
grime in the bustle
of the city streets. Don’t be repugned by the kid who survives on pilfered goods.
Don’t detest the girl who cannot seem to make herself swallow her food.
Don’t snicker behind the
back of the boy who just cannot pick up the lessons in
class. Don’t lose your patience with the man who
hesitates and twinges when he
speaks. Don’t spin away from the woman who makes a living by taking
clothes. Don’t hate the man who runs that big business uptown, and doesn’t seem to have any
concern for the people he left behind. Don’t turn your chin up at
the girl who has fresh scars on her
skin. Don’t scrunch your nose at the boy
who avoids small talk and flinches when he’s touched. Don’t
frown at the guy
with a cripple, who scowls like there is nothing left to be happy about in the
Don’t roll your eyes at the old lady who never stops talking about the
dead man she’ll always be in love
with. Don’t, don’t, don’t.
are all bundles of Good and Bad, with bits of Acceptable and chunks of