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.