Observations of an Overthinker

Can you love?

No one is born a racist. These are learned traits. Products of our upbringing, environment, and vulnerabilities. Biases formed from broken promises seeking superiority and acceptance.

Can you be manipulated?
Do you seek approval of others? Do you want to be part of a cause? Do you need a sense of identity or purpose, a desire to belong?

Are you angry?
Do you feel entitled? Like someone owes you something?

Can anyone get you to believe what they want without your critical thought, suspicion, or consent?

Truth is, we’re all fragile, sensitive beings hurting in some way or another. It’s part of being mortal. We’re all susceptible to social isolation, unworthiness, lack of self-esteem, feeling unattractive, impoverished, abused or worse, affected by trauma or genetically predisposed to biological vulnerabilities. We’re all grieving in some way or another. It’s just a matter of how you express your emotions, exercise your fears, and rationalize your judgments.

How do you cope with your struggles? Do you seek to further educate yourself in reason and empathy? Are you compassionate? Helpful? Merciful? Do you want to believe there is value in others? Meaningful design in our differences? That we share a common good? That we all matter?

Would you like to be loved? Can you love?

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