People often think that I am too hard on the human race. I often think the worst in people, or so it would seem to most outside observers, but that isn’t really the case. However, I can understand how it is easy to get the two confused.
See, what I observe in the human race is a large number of people failing to live up to their potential. I include myself in these observations, so please do not think that I am being hypocritical, if you happen to be one of the few people that actually know me that is.
I see the human race continuing to fight wars over the most ridiculous of things. I see them continuing to make political messes out of everything when most things shouldn’t even be involved with politics. I see religious people persecuting non-religious people and non-religious people persecuting religious people all because they belong to the opposite group.
No, that usually isn’t the reason they give. Most Christians don’t persecute non-christians and give a reason of, “They aren’t Christian”. No, normally someone would say that they are treating others differently because their beliefs or actions are in opposition to their religion’s code of ethics, its creeds, or it’s interpretations of its holy books.
Most atheists that turn around and persecute the religious ones are doing much the same thing. Often basing their arguments as much off of emotion as those that worship a god/gods. We are messed up, people, when we think that because something feels right to us, we have to tell someone else that what they are doing is wrong, especially when that something is not causing any harm to us at all.
But yet there is hope. There are people who are willing to change. Unfortunately, most of us that want to are cowards, hiding in the darkness of our homes, writing blogs about wishing we could change something(This is where I point the finger shamefully at myself, in case you missed where I was going with that).
Then I look at the bigger picture, and find that there are still people out in the open. There are still Martin Luther King Jr.s There are still Gandhis. There are still people willing to make a bold statement in the middle of all this monotony.
There are still people willing to make crop circles in fields of boring crops. They come out of nowhere in the middle of the night, you wonder where they come from, and they leave an impact that stays with you when you walk out into that field again. They help you see a design you never could have imagined coming from the materials used to construct it. These people bring the impossible to life.
So next time you find yourself standing in the middle of the field of life, wondering why everything looks so stagnant. Remember that by a little hard work, you can leave an impact. You can make a difference.
No, this is not optimism talking. This is reality. We are more powerful than we think, but we are not invincible. That being said, don’t let fear of failing keep you from trying to make that difference.
The best successes come after hundreds of failures.