So, Ayodeji Awosika I guess I am going to be the naysayer here with the comment that I find your narrative a bit under-nuanced and narrow.

Narrow in that it’s out of context. I think that to say anything fundamental about humanity, you have to look beyond the present, otherwise, it’s really a treatise on modern society.

Most people, most of the time, choose mediocrity. It’s been true for the entire history of mankind and it’s true today. A lot of people hate what they do because humans often hate what they do on a moment-by-moment basis. It’s part of being human.

Under-nuanced in that you leave most of the human emotional experience out. Yes, there are a lot of ignorant and stupid (and mean and rude and…) people out there. And…we’re all dealing with the pall of being human and society has always offered salves for that itch. Today it’s just news and social media and…

Some people can break out of that…and thrive. Like Shannon Ashley they deserved to be celebrated.

Some people can’t break out of it…and they suffer (and are sometimes mean ignorant aholes).

I think, perhaps, a better — more world-improving — response would be compassion rather than anger.

We all know that cycle. We all know how badly it sucks, and how hard it sucks us in, when it decides to.

It’s the first of the 4 noble truths: we’re all effed. Well, the Buddhists put it a bit more nicely, of course.

Either way, it’s still true. Life is hard, being human is painful, and some of us can make headway against that wind.

But…it’s so easy to be numb.

Storyteller, seeker, always curious, work-in-progress

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