A Samaritan confronts a man beaten and bloodied by the side of the road, an opposing candidate’s sign splintered on the ground — one enemy reaches for the other when he could, when every fiber of his being demands he should, turn his back and walk the hell away.
“Why should I help,” he asks himself, “Why should I bother because under normal circumstances this bleeding and beaten man would likely beat me until I bleed.”
And, yet he stops and stoops and poses a simple un-worded question expressed with his outstretched hand, “How can I be of service to you?”
Two rats will often fight to the death over some meager scrap of garbage; self-preservation occasionally overrides self-interest in dismal and destructive ways.
Survival becomes our only self-interest; nationalism, protectionism, isolationism, racism, classism, sexism are all forms of “self-presevation” guided solely by the misperception that the “self” faces a crisis of eradication at the hands of outside forces which lay viscous siege to the essence our very being — these ideologies are the garbage on which rats feed.
Moving beyond biases, blind spots and inadequacies means sharing despite the barriers of biases, blind spots and inadequacies; to ignore this seems like, well … madness.
This is part of The Six Sentence Story hosted by Uncharted blog