12 March 2016

In the Name of Humanity

Sometimes, I find it difficult to comprehend that other people have minds and thoughts and histories and relationships.  This especially occurs when I find myself in a crowd or in the anonymous and sometimes alienating environment of a concrete city landscape. 

Crowding and alienation can affect the way I respond to the minds and identities of other people.  Yet there are additional difficulties I face when trying to imagine other people's minds. 

When people think and communicate in languages different from my own, I usually expect to experience misunderstandings.  My communication difficulties happen, even in English, when people have grown up with social expectations that are different from my own values and experiences.  

This confusion does not necessarily happen across generations but it does occur in relation to the level of education a person has reached, and their sense of purpose in life.

What are your views on these issues in relation to understanding humanity and human rights?