February 16, 2017
I like to occasionally take a moment to reflect on why I’ve been really trying to do a regular blog. As I said when I was talking about the idea of Truth and how we struggle to speak them sometimes, one of my goals was to better understand the Truths in their fullness. To grok them, if you will. I will admit I did get sidetracked at times, but that was really the fundamental goal. To grok what it is to be human and how to be a better human. To better grok our world. There has been some success and some failure, things I was right and wrong about. When you understand the Truths of the world you live in, it becomes easier to develop the ideas necessary to build a better one.
A Truth I’ve come to accept lately is that humans are in too much of a hurry. Like I said about the tendency to “Hurry Up and Wait” in people, we get into such a rush sometimes that all it leads to is waiting for the next thing to happen and the inaction can be worse than anything. When I was in a relationship at about the two year mark, my ex and her cousin got together and planned out a whole wedding–best man, groomsmen, bridesmaids, color arrangements, etc.–and texted me about this when I was at work. I believe it concluded with the message: “All you have to do is propose.” At the time, I wanted to make sure we had a clearer plan about our future–housing, her family’s farm, etc.–but I had been giving some serious thought to proposing around that time. After that exchange, I chose not to out of annoyance. I think I shot back, “Why doesn’t your cousin just do it for me?” I was annoyed, but then again, I was being pressured into something I had simply waiting for the right moment to do. My own annoyance there might have been a bit of self-destruction on my part. My point is, you get into a rush, you miss details and then you wonder why things go to pieces in the end.
Truths are important to acknowledge and I like to think I have come to realize many. I’d like to touch on a few.
- It is necessary to move beyond the binary–male/female, gay/straight, liberal/conservative, etc.–and think in terms of just being human. Maybe an oversimplified approach, but it does prevent the traditional labels from interfering. All of the words for human do little to add to the conversation, only muddling up what should be a picture of progress. It will take a long time, but I like to think we’re getting closer.
- Humans are too self-destructive. I’ve covered a lot of the ways I’ve done damage to myself and I realize how hard it can be to stop self-destructing. And the worst thing about that can be how we keep trying to tell ourselves how doing these things will somehow make things better even though we know they won’t. And chances we don’t take out of fear where the stagnation only makes things worse.
- One thing I’ve noticed is how nothing is really private in the sense that ripple effects hit a lot of people and everything goes outward. When I went through a break-up after a three year relationship, I actually spent some time talking to her mother and sister in part for their input on her actions and in part to make sure they knew it wasn’t really my decision and if she was willing to listen and work things out we would have. I felt like that was a half-way decent human being thing to do as I thought of them as family. This last December, her mother actually sent me a message on FB wishing me a happy birthday. I didn’t reciprocate for hers, but I wish I had. However, I guess my ex never really felt the need to make contact with my mother after the break-up, despite numerous declarations of how “if we break up, I’m keeping your mother.” My mother actually has expressed some offense over that and even declined to go to a wedding just to avoid seeing my ex. My point is, the ripples will have an impact. Not just in relationships, but there are ripples and aftershocks to almost every action we do. I could probably come up with some work stories, but this is the one that springs to mind.