“The really dangerous people believe that they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.” – Neil Gaiman
It is rare that people hurt others just for their own amusement. Most times, people hurt others because they believe that is the right thing to do. They believe in their cause, in their rights, or they believe said “others” deserve it.
The worst atrocities have been committed because people thought they were doing the right thing. What had to be done. I find this particular concept to be so hard to grasp, because it implies that morality, virtue, good and evil, are all subjective.
And they are.
No one ever said. “I am a bad man and I am doing bad things to good people.”
Unfortunately, people feel the need to be right. It’s an egocentric and selfish way of looking at things, but it’s how we function. We categorize people, we label them, we judge them, and because we are afraid of them, we do everything that’s in our powers to prove to them how wrong they are.
We are the only ones who know, right?
From religion to politics to sports, people fight and argue and hurt each other just because they think that they hold the truth.
It’s so easy to think like this that it doesn’t require any effort…
And it becomes almost impossible to admit that you, in fact, might be wrong.
People function like this. Not really built to see the flaws in their own beliefs, thinking, or behavior.
I’ve been trying lately to ask myself: Am I wrong?
Whenever I get angry at someone, whenever I feel that they are just wrong to think or say something. Whenever I feel that people are shallow or that they just don’t get the point…
Have I really made myself clear?
I’m not doubting myself, I’m just trying to understand others better. To understand myself better, and to give others a better chance at understanding me.