Okay, Not The One In The Picture, But...
The other day I was in my car, minding my own business as I was heading to work and BOOM this car is zipping around, driving like a crazy person and it made me so mad. Luckily, I'm good at keeping this sort of thing in – usually and managed to keep my composure.
But, I couldn't help but think to myself, “if only I saw this person face to face, I'd have a thing or two to say to them."
Lo and behold, when I parked, that same person was there and we got out of the car at the same time and ended up walking beside each other. Talk about awkward.
But something crazier happened
I noticed I was no longer angry at her. Why is that? Well, I'm not a scientist, but based on my own feelings and prior research, I believe it has to do deal with putting a face to the person I was angry at. Before, I couldn't really see her, she was just an object of my frustration. She was basically the car she was driving.
But now, I saw her face to face and she was a person (of course).
A living, breathing, person with her own emotions, personality and ambitions. I couldn't help but to be taken back by the experience.
I think road rage is common because not only are their terrible drivers (insert a chuckle here), but we also dehumanize them since we can't see them. This was a moment I'm taking with me personally to try and remain as connected as possible and remembering that we're all human. Sometimes we catch each other at the wrong moments and sometimes we do things that our best selves wouldn't do.
But at the end of it all, it's important to remember it's not “them vs. me” or “them vs. us,” it's just “us.”
That's my personal two cents of course. You can go back in history and see that any mass slaughtering of people came out of the notion and belief that those being killed were inferior, which is why I personally choose to recognize that we're all one.
This doesn't mean I still wont get mad or that I'm incapable of judging others, or that I never will. Of course I will, I'm only human. It's just me accepting those faults, recognizing them, and then hopefully taking a step in the right direction of being kinder, wiser, and more connected.
Some people might question why this is coming from Vindicated Entertainment. After all, this doesn't pertain to our usual game related content. I think that's a fair point. I personally believe Vindicated Entertainment is strongest however when I'm able to communicate and share with you on the deepest level possible. I (Vincent) is the one thing other companies could never have. Maybe I'm right about that, or maybe I'm wrong. Let me know what you think about this style of article coming from Vindicated Entertainment. I don't anticipate it being an incredibly common thing, but I love writing when I feel inspired. :)
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