Hello Stranger!

Thanks to EP, I know that I can love a fervent Christian, an avowed Republican, people who are wealthy...

EP has really granted me the opportunity to care for someone before ferreting out the ways that we differ. And it's a blessing because I've realized that you can be friends with someone who thinks you're going to hell, with someone who think Bush has done a good job, with someone who wouldn't know hunger from hungry if it bit them on the ***...

Because you know what? We really are just people under all our "identifying" layers. We laugh, love, hate, and cry. We accomplish great things and we contribute to the downfall of society in equal measure. One of the greatest things EP has done for me is, I can watch a Cadillac roll by and not be consumed with hatred for the driver. And yeah I used to be. Now I look and think, it might be ***** or *******, and I feel a wave of affection take the place of the corrosive anger I used to have.

This might sound silly to some, but don't we all have our little prejudices? And shouldn't we rejoice when we can be freed from their burdens?

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8 Responses Sep 8, 2008

That's a really awesome way to look at people. If the world could do this all the time, that would be double the awesomeness =)

I completely relate to this article. I love people for their incredible diversity. But there are so many days I just want to stay at home, since people are so nasty, petty and prejudiced and every time I interact with them I have to deal with the fall-out. Why is it some people are interested in bettering themselves and making the world a better place for all while others seem to simply seek to further their prejudices and hatred? <br />
I know I'm not perfect and other people are annoyed by me at times, but I can count on one hand the number of times in my life I was intentionally mean to someone and it was always only after being provoked. But there are people who seem to only know the language of nastiness. I try to give them the benefit of the doubt sonce I haven't had to walk in their shoes but I don't accept ill treatment from them.<br />
I wish I didn't care about other people's opinions but I see everyone as valid and equal participants in this life we've been given. I wish I could let go of the crazy torturous things humans do to one another. How do you do it?

Awesome story, IT, we should always be on the lookout for different points of view, for sure... :)<br />
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...I didn't know you were *marrying* CC, though!<br />
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*THAT* sure got my attention!<br />
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IT...<br />
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What about a wealthy, ferverent, republican???<br />
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:)P*<br />
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btw... IMHO....George Jr, may well be the worst president in history...

Kind of felt sorry for Jr. myself,since I didn't think he really had the wits to do the job himself,and it was hid dad and Cheney running the show through him.

I'm glad to hear your story! I worry sometimes that my political views might alienate me.

Don't get me wrong, the ride in a large car is great! Smooth sailing down the road, so to speak. But when I try to parallel park one of those babies it's not a pretty sight to behold!

Lol,you reminded me of my first driving test,years ago.They still tested you on perallel parking then,and first try,driving a big Oldsmobile,I failed it.Went back the next day with a Pinto and passed no problem.

Since opposites attract, I'm a magnet. I love talking to people who are different from me, getting their perspective on things. Now, about those cadillacs....UGH! I hate big cars of any kind!

WONDERFUL! I like this whole piece! And what you say is true... least for me! THe first 2 weeks I was in here, I noticed I tended to be attracted to people that were OPPOSITE of me! And in finding those Opposites, as I got to know them more personally, I found sevral links of SAMENESS! In MHO, this is one of the unique, uplifting benifits EP has given us ALL a chance to EXPERIENCE! :)