This is a short rant on humanity. Inspired by several talks I have had with friends over the past couple days.
We as people are stuck in our knowledge. We base our knowledge off of understandings through associations. We assume that this gives us an edge in life. The more connections we can make the greater our knowledge and understanding becomes. With understanding we are able to measure things like predictability and derive a sense of comfort that comes from eliminating the unknown.
What we don't understand is that this knowledge has little to do with actual understanding. Assumptions based on our understandings of the world can prove to be the most destructive and hurtful of all actions. It is based on fear that we hold people accountable to things we don't really stop to understand, and actions based on fear are almost never constructive, outside of animalistic survival. In casual circumstances, and these I define by not being life or death, when we act out our assumptions, it is because we fear that someone may be trying to deceive, or will cause harm, because we don't understand or can assume that similar patterns are not tied to individuals but recognized as truths of circumstance. These actions can also take place in assuming on a positive level, but as these actions only lead to self disappointment, lesser consequence, or at times productivity, I will just focus on the down side.
For a while I have wondered why more people do not look beyond circumstance and narrow understanding in order to view actual truth. Many intellectual people seem to be the most susceptible of all this pitfall. They base their understandings on logic, a half truth in existence, and patterns of repetition. Often logic leads to only understanding the past and holding the future accountable to its laws, boxing things into a predetermined path. Concrete is based on such logic (flawed in an evolving world).
I think it is unfortunate that our world holds such narrow views. I think it is unfortunate that we cannot understand people and life on a deeper level.
Things that I would hope the world will someday grasp. To never hold others accountable to our own understanding of their situations through patterns and association. To gain enough understanding and self strength to be able to trust without fear of deception. To be able to see each individual as a separate being and to show respect for their place. To find what is beauty and separate it from other associations. To recognize sadness and separate it from other associations and so on. To be able to admit fault without losing our identities. To see things for what they are not what we believe them to be. To give up excuses in entirety and represent truth.
Being able to start at any moment.
With out this understanding, our world creates so many situations under false assumptions. We busy ourselves trying to weave through circumstances that shouldn't or wouldn't even exist had people chosen to simply stop and look.