2011-05-14 17:15:47 ET
i dig you as i dig a lot of people.
also i have far more life experience (with a lot of fucked up shit i have gone through and am still coming out of internally and with others) than you give me credit for. but that's too long of a story to ramble on about in a text-based medium.
everyone's a sheep just as much as everyone is a human and an individual. no one is an exception. so far as perspective and judgment of others, i feel that you reap what you sew and have found as i myself have become less judgmental towards others, i not only see them in a much broader light, but they aren't and don't treat me how i have been making them out in my head to, either. everyone has more than meets the eye and many people are prone to things that we, in immaturity, may be outright averted to. i strive to get past those aversions and just have a broader deeper view of people as individuals and as a mass.
you say i remind you of when i was 25 but your words here remind me of myself at 18. lol. everyone grows in different areas at different times, and i don't really think (or see anywhere in actual reality) that there is any sort of true age-to-maturity level that has any sort of real consistency in any area. no two people are identical and no two people grow at the same time in the same way in the same direction, either. at any age. complimentary directions? sure. but never at the exact same rate or direction.
i would say that people who have any sort of blanket judgmental view of the world or any significant part of ig are even more sheepish than those they are viewing as sheep. but this comes from my own experiences with myself and such viewpoints in the past as well.
i kind of feel like most days lately i spend time on this website being the wrench in SK's gears, cause quite honestly i am quite sure i hang out with and love - on a regular basis - a large group of people who many on this website sit in the corner and bitch about. it's not cause they're as bad as you think they are; it's cause you can't get past your judgmentalism of their behavior, imho.
as marcus aurelius said at an age when i am quite sure he was older than either of us, "if you are pained by external things, it is not they that disturb you, but your own judgment of them. and it is in your power to wipe out that judgment now."
i think the word 'pained' in this case could be replaced by literally any verb.
there are no sheep, douchebags, hipsters, jocks, twats, cunts, or any-fucking-other sort of people on the planet. there are simply people; some do amazing things, some make huge mistakes, some do terrible things that make little sense, and everyone changes over time. whether it's all good, bad, better, or worse, is ultimately up to your own judgement and viewpoint. no knowledge in the world is static and there isn't a single human being alive, so far as i'm aware of, that has any sort of universal truth or solid grasp on much of anything. those who think they do are simply fooling themselves, or waiting til something catches them off-guard and proves them wrong again.