The Narrow Minded

Posted on 21 Mar 2015 under Random

George Carlin is an intelligent man, and I’ve read a number of quotes attributed to him that I found memorable. For instance:

Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?

It’s true, isn’t it? Often times in traffic, I end up thinking this way, and every time I do, I’m reminded of this quote.

Lately, though, I’ve been thinking that it applies to more than just your drive to work and back. It applies to life itself. We define ourselves by our ideals, our opinions and our judgements of what is right and what is wrong. We set the limits of what we consider acceptable behaviour or beliefs, and then assess whether others fall within this spectrum or outside of it.

I like to think that I don’t judge people, I say it a lot. I’m not a hypocrite, I honestly do try not to judge people, but I do think that there are things that people do or say that I would never. I generally don’t dislike them for it, but if it’s something that makes me uncomfortable, I stay away.

I suppose that’s how we’re built, all of us. We gravitate towards the people that make us comfortable in our skin, the people whom we accept and we know they accept us as well. For the rest, well, I wish you no harm, so long as you don’t force your opinions on me.

 

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