The website https://waitbutwhy.com/ is a fun site that publishes interesting things occasionally and I subscribe to their random newsletter. Today’s edition was simply a Q&A Mailbag post which consisted of the editors answering the various offhand questions that had been sent in by readers over time. I thought this particular one was worth remembering . Why can’t we all be this way, I wonder?
Q: How do you be a good person? – Katerena K. (Seattle, WA)
A: This warrants a 12,000-word post, but for now, I’ll start with one idea:
I think a great way to be a good person is to get in the habit of consciously thinking about the fact that almost every stranger, co-worker, friend, acquaintance, fling, customer service representative, driver, waiter, customer, client, neighbor, and person on the internet you come across:
Has a family who loves them and vice versa
Has hopes and dreams and regrets and frustrations
Has as many thoughts going through their head at all times as you do
Is dealing with random health problems, trying to make ends meet financially, and is probably tired
Might be supporting one or more other human beings
Might be just a little sad all the time about a tragedy in their past
Might be the most important person in someone else’s life
Is just trying to figure out how to be happy
i.e. They’re a full human just like you.
Remembering that will make you kinder and more empathetic.