Real, fictitious, inflated, and ignored - threats surround us, always.

Of course we somehow know when they feel real. Real threats are those you can’t put distance between. They represent immediate danger. They scare us.

The allowance for a meaningful shift in perspective seems directly correlated with the realness of a threat.

In the end, we’re all going nowhere fast. Maybe we ought to embrace those things that really come into focus when gifted a new perspective.

Like Us

There are a lot of people in the world. A lot of these people don’t think like you do. They don’t seem to share the same world view, values, or beliefs. They’re not like us.

This has always been true. Maybe the internet continues to throw this truth in our face - a truth which we were never designed to address as insecure, fearful, tribal primates. Maybe it compels us to cling to the tribes which reenforce our world view more ferocity than ever before.

Of course, it doesn’t help that we can’t actually see the people behind the post, the like, the retweet. We can’t visualize the real humans who make up the tribes which we build up as the antithesis of everything that is good. If we did, maybe we’d see them through a wider lens - one which encompasses all of their personhood. Maybe we’d see the places where we agree and the ones where we don’t; the insecurities we share and how they got there; the bad and the good.

In the end, it’s easy to find the ways in which people aren’t like us, but the magic happens when we find the ways in which they are.

Berry Brains

It seems early humans were pretty good at pattern detection as it relates to berries. We'd quickly learn which ones would provide a quick snack, and which ones would do harm.

Of course, modern humans treat brands in much the same way. As we get older, we grab the familiar logo over the strange new offerings.

Maybe our berry brains are still in full-effect, protecting us from the dangers in a world that is filled with excessive choice. But maybe when we recognize what's going on, we’re given an entirely new kind of choice.

Fake Plastic Trees

Plants are messy. You have to keep feeding them, they get sick, they die.

Plastic foliage has none of these problems. They stay perfect and remain so for hundreds of years (even after humans are gone).

Maybe we put them up as placeholders - things which we hope nobody pays too much attention to. We want the advantage of the imagery, without the effort that goes into it.

The problem is that when people do pay attention, it has the opposite effect.

Good Persons

Maybe doing a bad thing doesn’t make you a bad person.

Maybe doing a stupid thing doesn’t make you a stupid person.
Maybe doing a good thing doesn’t make you a good person.

Of course, personhood is more complicated than the labels we gives ourselves, and others.

Maybe we’re all of these things, all the time.

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