The reason most folks don’t get along with each other is that they expect other people to be nicer than they are.
We allow ourselves to be angry, frustrated, distant, preoccupied and nasty because we’re fully aware of our storyline.
Yet simultaneously, if someone else would dare to sample from the trough of our drivel, we would be highly critical–if not offended.
I became a much better person when I started allowing myself to be aware that human beings were never meant to be good.
This is why we give awards, medals of honor and trophies to those who occasionallly achieve such status. The rest of the time, the reaction we have to our fellow-travelers ranges from indifference to rolling our eyes in disgust.
Being aware is powerful. Sometimes we are…well, aware of it:
For instance, we will warn any sixteen-year-old child that the best way to be a good driver of a car is to be defensive.
When people stroll through a pasture, we tell them to “look where they walk.”
And when viewing a collection of reptiles, we heed the warnings of the caretakers who tell us to remain alert and keep our distance.
But inside every human being is a sense of self, tied up in knots of worry. To be aware of that knotting is to make you a friend of humankind instead of an enemy.
So unfortunately, the human tribe rarely thinks about God unless we need an answered prayer or confirmation of our righteous superiority.
We don’t think too much about helping out our neighbors unless we see their house floating down the street, propelled by the recent flood.
And we usually fail to let them enter the flow of traffic in front of us, for fear that the next light might turn red before we can pass through.
True spirituality is letting human beings be human, being aware of how that plays out … and still finding reasons to enjoy the good company.
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