Adversarial
November 14, 2010

Colour vs. colour. Race vs. race. Good vs. evil. Liberal vs. conservative. Man vs. woman.

Apathy vs. activism. Man vs. nature. God vs. Satan. God-fearing vs. heathen.

Nature vs. nurture. Science vs. faith.

You vs. me.

The story of humanity is encapsulated in just one word: adversarial.

We spend the bulk of our lives looking for connections. Trying to find similarities between the us and the them and connect. And yet so much of what we do and say without thought is actually us versus them.

Adversarial.

Judgement.

I wouldn't do that.

That behaviour is wrong.

Adversarial.

We tear others down as quickly as we try to build up our connections. And what this does is cause an ebb and flow of conflict and pain.

It is our adversarial nature which has caused all of the bullying and suicide in the news so recently. It results in loneliness and hurt and fear and finally despair.

All because we insist on division and punishing each other for our differences instead of celebrating them and being glad that we are variations on the same - different and similar all at once.

Adversarial.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know that I am.

I am the same as you.

For all our differences, I am the same as you.

Posted by Red Monkey at November 14, 2010 1:31 PM | Struggles | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |

 

kadield said:

I try to live like that. A lot of times I fail though. It's just ground into our psyche at an early age. We're trained to be competitive, to show up those around us at any cost.

I find myself even teasing those that I love. Not in a mean spirited sort of way; it's part of my way of showing that I care for them. And that's probably not positive anyways. I should at least try to dial that back a little bit.

I find it especially hard to NOT be judgmental in the gay society. It's like us gay guys pride themselves on judging those around us. It's sad, it is. We like to tear each other down to make ourselves feel better. We're so damned insecure about our personalities and our own bodies due to our unachievable body expectations that we rip apart anyone that is "lesser" than us.

So, so sad that our society is like this.

November 14, 2010 11:19 PM

 

SoulWanderer said:

You know... I've fougth. I've won and I've lost.
I've ben broken, I've been in despair.
My tears burnt my skin, and when I decided to hate mankind for they had me suffering I finally understood...

You are not my enemy, you are someone who have fought, have won and lost, and when you were broken and in dispair, and tears burnt your skin, you couldn't handle it and began hating...

November 18, 2010 11:18 AM

 

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December 6, 2010 2:34 AM

 

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