Monday, January 19, 2015

If they don't want to, they won't

It has taken me 30 years to understand people, and believe me, I'm still quite far behind. People are complex creatures - each with a different perspective, personality and psychology. For years I believed that if you are good to others, they will be the same; if you are friendly, it shall be reciprocated; if you stand up for somebody, they will stand up for you. How naive.

It took some rude shocks to send me hurtling into reality. And what a painful lesson! It seems that the way of the world is, if you lend a hand, two things can happen. First, they climb up your shoulders and sit there, waiting for another opportunity to ascend higher. Second, they take you for granted. Of course, this is not the rule, but oh so common.

People can lead to a sad disenchantment. Giving too much importance to them is disastrous. Keeping away, too lonely.

The biggest lesson is - if they don't care a damn about you, they won't.