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I’m You And You’re Me - Grasshopper

One of the hardest lessons for me to learn in life is that I’m just like everybody else. No better, no worse – the same. It’s a lesson I’m still learning.

Superiority is associated with the words “better” and “best.” Yes, you may have better test scores than me and may even have the best score ever recorded, but that only differentiates you from me in skills, not in life.

 

It’s easier to look down on people than it is to look up, but it’s even harder to look at them as though they’re on an even playing field.

 

There are so many categories of superiority that we’ve created that it’s hard to believe they’re not real: more money, bigger house, better looking, smarter, skinnier, more educated, etc. Just think of the two actresses that were sentenced to prison for paying off admissions personnel to get their children into prestigious schools. That’s more than wanting the best for your child; it’s a maneuver to look superior – a term we made up to separate ourselves from others we perceive not like us.

 

We’ve also assigned superior to fame and fortune, but find out those famous and rich people have many of the same issues as you and me. That’s because, when all the window dressing is removed, we live in the same sphere. The only difference in us is you’re there and I’m here, but we’re both breathing, human forms weathering the same storms.

 

It’s sad to realize that many people only figure this out as they’re close to death. Just look at the dying patient who bonds with a caretaker they wouldn’t have given the time of day to, just a short time before.

 

Superiority is our conditioning and it’s in all our best interest to outgrow it. Then we’ll know first hand that we are all the same, whether we’re a down and out beggar or an erudite poet.

 

All the best,

 

John

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