“Now, every time I witness a strong person, I want to know: What darkness did you conquer in your story? Mountains do not rise without earthquakes.”
I love people. I think they are amazing and fascinating and strong and inspiring and well you get it.
Brain Melter Alert:
But some people are just downright baffling. Take Karl Friedrich Gauss.
While a young child in school his teacher asked the class to add up all of the numbers from 1 to 100. Meant to be an exercise in arithmetic as well as busy work for the students to give the teacher a reprieve. “5050” young Karl quickly answered ruining the teacher’s coffee break. How could he have possibly added up all of those numbers so quickly? Listen to this shit!
He imagined the numbers 1 through 100 split into 2 rows. The first row consisting of 1 through 50 in order, and the second being 51 through 100 in reverse. Yes, reverse. This put the number 1 over 100. 2 over 99. 3 over 98, etc. etc. Young Megamind then noticed that all of the numbers added up to 101 because of course he did. Since each of the 50 rows added up to 101 (50 x 101 = 5050). There you have it. How could any of us have missed it before? Am I right?
I do not understand the appeal of climbing up onto the breakwater rocks. People always do it. Lots of them get knocked onto the rocks when a random wave comes crashing in. I love it. Let me be clear I do not enjoy seeing people get hurt… when it is not their own damn fault. The risk is obvious here and they were volunteers, not victims. This poor fella waded through a high tide to get up there for that perfect sunset pic and was barely set when KABLOOM!!!! The pic is on my Instagram, the format won’t let me post it here. But here is a pretty pic of the breakwater anyway.
I see the most fascinating people every day. Every single human being alive today is a direct descendent of life itself. How could you not be amazed when you meet any person at all. Survivors of ALL OF HISTORY we are. What title could be more humbling or more encouraging? The worst things are always the result of fear. Suffering is rooted in fear like tsunamis are to earthquakes where a distant disruption causes widespread destruction.
Completely make peace with people being people. Some reflect love, some reflect pain, and all deserve love and patience. Darkness and disruption are inevitable but there is no value in suffering simply as a rehearsal for what may or may not come. I promise myself every tick of the clock I have any control over will be spent in loving kindness.
“Do no harm, but take no shit”