Petty and Selfish

While growing up our parents tried their best to prepare us for what there was to come. They knew what had been hard for them and tried to make it less hard for us, but there was alway something that didn’t quite make sense.

I have realized over the years that while my parents tried to make everything understandable while I was growing up, it wasn’t until I was grown up and I had to deal with those things that I understood. Perhaps it is just due to my learning style of actually doing something rather than learning from just listening, but certain things made no sense or were very difficult for me to understand, which are now fairly simple and ordinary.

I think of when I have kids and how I will deal with that same sort of thing. I will probably do exactly as my parents did and try to make it easier on them, but knowing that it will not work and that they will have to learn for themselves eventually. If we try to hand our children everything then they will be too soft or unable to handle things without us there.

Which brings me to some people I have met in my adult years. I have noticed that there are certain people out there who either got everything that they wanted when they were a child or they just assumed that the world was theirs and that it would be given to them. Now, some of these have learned through the years how to deal with difficult situations but I have seen so many of these people get very petty and act absurd when they do not understand something. It is like they revert to their young teen years or younger and throw a tantrum and want everything handed to them. Normally these people are either house wives or others who are living on someone else’s money. I am sure they could work some where if they really tried hard, but I just cannot see them working anywhere, or anywhere for very long.

Which brings me back to one of the things that I said in a previous post: I wish everyone would see that we are all living beings in the same world as each other and I wish we could just help each other out to survive rather than be petty and so petty and selfish. But, I know that human nature does seem to be those two things: petty and selfish, but that does not mean I have to like it or that I have to be a part of it. I try my hardest not to be either of those things and when I realize that I have been I try to make up for it.

Originally Posted on March 27th, 2010

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