So when I leave the house in the morning, I have to go armored. I have to be leery of half the population, who are OK with meanness, with spite, with dishonesty and with lies.
Part of me knew this.
When I was depressed throughout my 20's, I saw a lot of meanness, of kicking me when I was down, of disrespect.
When my business started failing in the 90's, (I managed to save it), I saw that people were quite all right with the dishonesty of competitors, who thought it was fun to stir the stick, who attacked me for doing the right thing. People who thought cheating was "smart."
When you're a winner, (at least, when you're not down), you don't see as much as that. In my store, I am the master of my domain. I'm doing things like writing books and running a bookstore which lots of people think is cool.
But I mustn't forget that when I leave that front door, that almost half the population can't be trusted to do the right thing.
Yup. They benefit from the meanness or the just like it that way. Read A Heritage of Stars by Cliff Simak.
.... and a sorry state of affairs. Stay safe, stay healthy.
This is a good, if sobering, observation.
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