“The essential struggle of being human is to grapple with questions for which there are no easy answers.” – “Innocent Monster” by Reed Farrel Coleman
Have you ever said something purely benign or performed an act of benevolence that is misunderstood and produces unintended consequences? Pain? Damaged relationships?
Recently, my mouth, totally oblivious to the dynamics of a certain situation and with purely good intentions, created a state of affairs destined to explode several hours later.
A day later I’m confused. How did this happen?
Should I have known that one of the individuals is a semi whack job and prone to egocentric behavior? Were there signals I missed?
Realistically, having known this guy for only a few hours, it is ridiculous to even consider the question.
And yet I do. It bothers me. I should have given more thought to what I was considering. I should have counted to 10.
Spontaneity. A good thing? Hmmmm….
There was a time when I thought that if I lived long enough most of the strange actions of human beings, myself included, would clarify and make some sense.
Now, having somehow lived into my seventh decade, it seems I understand even less.
What is it with homo-sapiens? So much of what we say, think, and do is senseless.
“People change” his mother asserted. His father said, “Not true. But they do learn new tricks.” – “Nature Girl” – Carl Hiassen