Tuesday, March 8, 2016

dead people speak

Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don't want it. What seems conceit, bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.
Miller Williams

1 comment:

Chet Redweld said...

Williams' quote could be used in practical demonstrations of human psychology, personality, social interaction underpinnings.

I would follow it up with this observation:

And usually, you do not want to know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.

That would be a principal observation through my own human social interactions. Most people don't want to understand another: they want a scapegoat to blame for their own troubles down there where their own spirit meets their own bone.

In that hated Cracker book some idiots call "the Bible," there's a parable about this:

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

That's from the el Rey Jaime version.

In the world of psychology, they label this phenomenon "projection."

In my world, it's called hypocrisy, lack of integrity, lack of empathy, hubris, arrogance, passive-aggression embodied, and generally, total douche-master (in the central NJ lingo, to which I was temporarily exposed in some past era) in character.

And it finds its worst application when its practitioner thinks him/herself tolerant, open-minded, "progressive", etc.