Faces, Stories, and Judgement
I don’t usually dedicate posts, but tonight working at the soup kitchen, I sat and talked to this man who taught me so much, just in the few minutes we talked. This entire post is dedicated to that man, even though I don’t even know his name. He and I sat and talked about the way people are. He asked me a question, not even wanting an answer: Why is it that people judge other people even when they don’t know them? That really got me thinking. Not only do people judge, they discriminate and make up ideas that supposedly define people. It’s appalling. Hearing this man’s story was probably the single most uplifting thing I’ve ever heard. He always tried to focus on school so he never learned how to drive. To this day he doesn’t know and says he has no interest in learning. ‘There’s more important things to do’, he told me. He worked hard in school and later in life he had multiple blood clots in his brain. He told me of the things he went through, the fact that he literally was on the verge of dying. Thank God he was able to survive the multiple surgeries that were needed to remove the blood clot. Today he has slower speech than other people, but he is alive and well. It just amazed me the wisdom that God has given this man. He and I had a long talk about faith and religion which was incredible to me. I think the amazing thing is that he was able to not only sit and tell me that theres more to life than material objects, but was able to practice it as well. It just gives me an amazing amount of hope to know that there are still people out there who care enough to take some time out of their day to talk. I was actually on the verge of crying, that’s how happy I was from the things he said.
How little we really know…
“True wisdom comes to us when we realize how little we know about life, ourselves, and the universe” -Socrates. Who would have thought someone from so long ago could be so right. There is absolutely no way we will ever be able to know ‘everything’. But in all honesty, why would we want to? We are living in a world where we constantly strive to know more and more, which in my opinion is a good thing. That constant desire to learn and hunger for knowledge has gotten us to where we are today. Thinking outside of the box and realizing how much we have to learn. We will never ever be able to harness all the knowledge of the universe, because there will always be more to learn. Plus, as a good friend of mine once said: “If I mastered every language and learned everything, my tomorrow would be pretty boring.”. I just want to bring that idea forward. Once we all realize how little we know, we have achieved wisdom.