Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Me and Plato

On my desk, I have a small scrap of paper with what is most likely a bastardized version of a quote attributed to Plato:

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

The idea behind this is more than "be nice." It's more of the idea that struggle is in the eye of the beholder -- what's natural for you is impossible for her. And so on. And that we're all struggling with something. You never know what's really going on with someone else, so tread lightly. Be sensitive. Don't be such a dick that they're forced to tell you that their husband has cancer so their mind is kind of scattered these days and they just figured you could wait frigging 12 HOURS for the name of someone to interview.

Then again, they could just be venting because they found out they have cancer. And they still have a writing deadline, so could you please get off your lazy ass and give them the name of someone to friggin INTERVIEW, for pete's sake.

Another observation, the originator of which I've forgotten: People treat relationships like basketballs, when they're really like soap bubbles.

Yeah . . . that's all I got. Holiday season make me maudlin. And budget season makes me borderline psychotic. Be nice today, y'all. This is hard for all of us.

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