we need to be kind and patient with one another
and we usually are
but, a lot of us don’t start off from the assumption that the person we are immediately interacting with is reasonable and is actually more than disinterested in our plight
and i get it - i’ve been massively hurt and burned by people - and you know what, i have burnt and hurt people.
but our kindness and patience is actually infectious. i do not believe that empathy is a weakness, or that, most of the time, it will be abused and exploited
this is my philosophy. i play a long game, as well - do not expect results immediately - over time, your patience, empathy, and kindness /will/ be the change you want to see in the world
if i’m allowed to be a little arrogant, i call this interpersonal and intersectional philosophy: