Just when I think I able to relate to someone, they say or do something that makes me think we are members of two different planets. An unpleasant feeling comes over me…like I’m the “wrong” one. Even when there are no moral values in the equation.
But I’ve heard people say, “Everyone is just the same!”
I want this to be true. But my experience shows that it’s not. For one person, a dead kitten makes them weep all day at their desk. For another, it’s fodder for a joke. Another person is conscientious about every atom that enters their body, while another doesn’t give a fuck, please pass the peas. Someone else prays every night for someone to love them. Another person is repulsed by the idea of having attachments.
There are things we all have in common. But they are all so basic as to be kind of meaningless. And even then, there’s always someone around who is the exception. Everyone in the room can agree that they like to eat when they’re hungry…except for that person who has an eating disorder and becomes distressed.
What is your opinion? Are people really more alike than they are different, or am I just feeling especially alienated for some reason?
ETA: I didn’t mean to say “you people” in the title. That’s kind of funny.