Today while driving in a part of the city I do not frequent often, a traffic light turned red and as I stopped I noticed a porch. It caught my attention because it looked like my style of porch…very much my style. I wondered who lived there and if we were similar thus providing a reason that we had the same taste in porch decorations.
Every day while driving, I pass hundreds of people and I don’t know any of them and they also don’t know any one in the other cars including me. We all have our separate lives filled with people and experiences. Most of the people we pass on the highway or we pass in their homes, we will never know or meet although we live so close to each other.
Isn’t it mind boggling that our lives are so complex and yet we are just one person in a huge population of other people who also have complex lives?
~Marvin J. Ashton~
- “We all know, from what we experience with and within ourselves, that our conscious acts spring from our desires and our fears. Intuition tells us that is true also of our fellows and of the higher animals. We all try to escape pain and death, while we seek what is pleasant. We are all ruled in what we do by impulses; and these impulses are so organized that our actions in general serve for our self preservation and that of the race. Hunger, love, pain, fear are some of those inner forces which rule the individual’s instinct for self preservation. At the same time, as social beings, we are moved in the relations with our fellow beings by such feelings as sympathy, pride, hate, need for power, pity, and so on. All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man’s actions. All such action would cease if those powerful elemental forces were to cease stirring within us.”
I won’t probably ever meet the person that owns the porch, but I already appreciate a similarity that we share. I wonder how well we would get along and if I would be able to tolerate their differences and be friends? How much effort do we make to tolerate people that we do not know now in grocery store lines, traffic, getting off an airplane, waiting in the doctor’s office, co-workers, restaurants and other countries?
Imagine how great the world would be to live in if we all respected and tolerated each other’s differences while practicing charity.