No action is an island
However you act in a given situation is how you can be expected to act in any other similar situation. Everything you do or think is a piece of a pattern of thoughts and behavior that has existed in your past and will exist in your future.
Have you even known anyone who dated an asshole and was miserable because of it? Did it ever annoy you how they’d constantly make excuses for why their significant other was an asshole and why they were going to put up with it? The whole time they were making excuses you were probably thinking, “That person was an asshole yesterday. That person is an asshole today. That person is going to be an asshole tomorrow. Why don’t you understand that?” Well, your friend was oblivious yesterday. They’re oblivious today, and they’re going to be oblivious tomorrow. Why don’t you understand that?
No action is an isolated incident. Everything is part of a pattern. This is why psychologists and fake psychics understand you so well even if they only know a little bit about you. They understand that every little detail they know about you is indicative of a larger whole.
This is why bad drivers and people who stand in the middle of the isle at the grocery store blocking 15 shoppers while they stare mindlessly at a jar of pickles should piss you off. If they’re dumb enough to do that one seemingly idiotic thing then how far does that pattern stretch throughout the rest of their lives? Those are probably the mother fuckers who would gas Jews just because Mein Furer told them to.
So you have to ask yourself, what are your tendencies? Are there any tendencies you have that you try to minimalize or make excuses for? Regardless of how you answer those questions today you should watch yourself tomorrow. The next time you do some small irrational thing, stop and try to find how that irrational action fits into a pattern in your life, because I guarantee it does.
Next time someone is mean to you and comes up with a seemingly valid excuse for why their meanness was an accident, don’t believe them. The only accident was that they let you see the real pattern beneath the mask they’re wearing.
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Originally published at thewisesloth.com on October 28, 2009.