I don’t know what it’s like to be you, you don’t know what it’s like to be me.

There’s so much I don’t understand.

I don’t understand the mindset you’d have to be in to want a baby. Or the mind set you’d need to have, to kill someone or go to a prostitute, or to want to jump out of a plane for extreme sport, or what it’s like to be schizophrenic, or be on LSD, or be a rock star, a nurse, or to have been a Jew in Nazi Germany. I have no idea what it feels like to be homeless, an extrovert, a man, black, old, disabled, and it goes on for infinity.

We often all get misunderstood and judged at some point, whether it’s to do with: sexuality, race, creed, gender, disability, elderly, mental illness, homelessness, survivors of war/other traumatic events, soldiers of war, prisoners, sex workers, introverts, HSP’s (highly sensitive people), shy people, INFJ’s (the rarest personality, 1% of population).

We often hear about how various groups of people are oppressed, and that some of these groups are more oppressed than others. This is sometimes called the ‘oppression olympics’. But how can we compare and measure oppression? The labels of experience are endless and we’re all totally unique in the way we view our world, interpret it, and experience it.

There are as many ways of viewing the world as there are people. We can sometimes relate to one another, but we can’t KNOW what it’s like to be a particular person, unless you are that person. And we can’t KNOW what it’s like to have a particular experience, until you experience it yourself. Even then, you’ll experience it through YOUR mind, not anyone else’s, so it’s interpreted in a unique way. 

Trying to imagine what others experience can help you find compassion and empathy for people. Judgement, on the other hand, could lead to discrimination, division, even hate and war. In my opinion.

Stuff to remember:

  • Don’t judge what you don’t understand. (Easy to say it, hard to live it.)
  • Everyone is unique.
  • Everyone struggles throughout their life.
  • Comparison is the thief of joy.
  • You can’t compare experiences or points of view.
  • No one can read your mind.

Hey, I could be wrong, just my thoughts.

 


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If Beer Ads Were Forced to Be Honest

“It will make you feel different than you usually do, in a good way but the next day it will feel like you were poisoned, which you were.”

 

The fact that alcohol and tobacco are legal and socially accepted as the way to enjoy yourself when they are among the most harmful and dangerous drugs, killing thousands of people every year is illogical and ridiculous to me.

 

There’s a chart here for the harm caused by drugs:http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2010/11/drugs_cause_most_harm Ecstasy, LSD and Mushrooms near the bottom of the list, causing the least harm to self and others but yet are still regarded as class A drugs!

 

Alcohol and tobacco are in the top 6 drugs that cause the most harm to self and others, but it’s not made illegal because the public would go berserk and our government makes a lot of money from taxing alcohol and cigarettes. Alcohol especially, keeps you dumb, numb and unaware of what’s going on around you, so I can’t help but wonder if there is something more to the laws in place for these drugs because they’re sure not looking at the actual facts…

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