Real people

“It wasn’t only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding; above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you.” – Ian McEwan

They say the biggest distance between two people is misunderstanding. It creates this gap between people. Or is it a wall? And it’s frustrating, isn’t it? It does make you feel as if you’re alone, the only one who thinks and says and acts in a certain way.

And by feeling so don’t we diminish others as well? Don’t we fail to understand that even though they are different, they’re still inherently the same as us? And they deserve to be treated the same way we’d like to be treated.

I don’t know, it’s a difficult question to answer.

But could you hate someone if you knew why they do what they do? If you could truly understand them? Their thoughts? Their feelings? Know their past? Their struggles? What they want? What they have lost?

That’s the thing, I’m afraid. It’s not that we are incapable o caring about others, it’s just that we rarely get to know them. To really know them. And thus we never get to understand them. And the wall is still there…


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3 comments on “Real people

  1. authorclive says:

    First of all, we have to accept that we are all different. Then, do our best to listen – we have two ears and only one mouth – to what others are thinking. Prepare to be amazed at how much we have in common. Then open our hearts, and be honest with each other.

  2. MadlabPost says:

    You’ve made a good point about how misunderstandings build walls between people. I don’t like the idea of “hating” anyone…whether I knew why they do something or not, so the question you posed is a difficult one to answer. However, I do think it would be better for mankind to try to build bridges instead of walls, with regards to getting to know one another and understanding our similarities as well as our differences, if for only to exist in a healthier, more peaceful, civil society.

  3. your right…… you just said it all

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