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17 November 2008 @ 05:38 pm
Manic Monday #142  
Do you believe people are basically good?
I believe that people are basically decent , with a significant qualifier of self-centric, and that we can be easily corrupted by fear, need or abuse. To explain, I think that most people don't wake up wanting to hurt someone, they'll go about their days being basically decent to each other. However, I think that when our own needs conflict with the needs of someone else that is not part of the familial/inclusion equation then humans tend to land on the sides of their own needs. And that definitely - when faced with hardship, fear or abuse - humans often revert quite quickly to fight or flight, us or them. There's a reason why compassion and self sacrifice are held to be ideals, if they were easy then everyone would do them, all the time.
 
If you could change the custom of shaking hands, what would you replace it with?
I like the idea of a slight bow while meeting someone's eyes.
 
What is something that you enjoy that is a chore for most other people?
I love to kitchener stitch, aka grafting, as in grafting the toe closed on a sock. I know that's only a chore to most other knitters, and not most people. But I also love public speaking, and most people would rather gnaw their own arms off than speak in front of strangers. I especially enjoy reading my own essays or engaging in debate. 
 
 
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