Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Northern Virginia
How You View People Is A Reflection Of Yourself
Sometime ago, I remember reading an article which had a story in it that goes along these lines:
There's a farmer between two towns tending to his crops. A traveler comes by and asks the farmer where the next town is? The farmer says down the road. The traveler says he's looking for a new place to live and asks how the people are in this town. The farmer asks "well how were the people in the last town?" The traveler says "people were cold, cynical and uncaring." The farmer replies "the people are the same in this town." The traveler then says "ok, I'll just find another town."
Later on the day, another traveler passes by and ask the farmer the same thing. He says his town was burnt to the ground and needed a new town to live in. He asks how the people are in that town. The farmer asks "how were the people in that town before it was destroyed?" The traveler says they are "loving, wonderful and warm." The farmer says that's how you'll find the people in this town.
I get the underlying message, but I am trying to understand how the view you develop for others is essentially a reflection of yourself. For example if you think people are hurtful, that you hurt people in some way. It's almost unfathomable to realize how your experiences can reshape your perspective over time.
From the land of the midnight sun
where ice blue roses grow
'long those roads of gold and silver snow
Howlin' wide or moanin low
So many roads I know
So many roads to ease my soul