I have my own personal band of philosophy which never exists until I try to explain life to someone else.
The RuleConsider for a moment that there are 100 people on this planet.
90 of them are just like you and me. They are good-natured, have strengths and weaknesses, done their good to the world, sometimes sinned and hurt people around them. This is the OK and good class of people.
8 of them are bad people. Given a chance, they will not hesitate to cheat you, steal from you, back-stab or cause you misery.
2 of them are really dangerous. They will not hesitate to physically injure or kill you. They are plain evil and cold-blooded.
The interesting part is that we start any new relationship – love, friendship, business partner, colleague, neighbor, keeping the 8 in our mind.
This new person will have to prove that he/she is not one of the 8 before we can start trusting him/her with our personal information.
But aren’t we wasting time with our suspicion?
What if we knew that this new person was part of the 90 (just like you and me)?
I’m sure we would be more welcoming, gladly extending our warmth. Soon enough he/she will be part of our life circle.
The dangerous duo
Now the 2 – all our talk about a dangerous world or our children meeting strangers revolves around these 2 dangerous people. But c’mon they are just 2 out of 100, what are the odds that you meet them in your travels or adventures or trekks. Nevertheless the world has suddenly become a dangerous place.
I blame this suspicion and fear on society, newspapers, horror stories. They are full of stories of “the 10” making that number look like 50 and your own fear (or inherited from parents) will make it into 70.
From 10 to 70! – We do have an active imagination
Its simple math to assume that 90% of your encounters in life will be with decent folks. But if YOU treat all your first encounters with a new person with suspicion, you will miss out in making good friends with most of them.
Guilty until proven innocent
You rather follow the policy of “Innocent until proven guilty” for happier encounters with our fellow human beings.
What the I!!!
Instinct is something that we are born with, a natural reaction without thinking and Intuition is something we naturally acquire with experience, a judgement based on experience(s) and knowledge.
Trust these two Is more and they will get you away from all the dangerous situations, each one of these will red-mark anyone from the 10!
We do have lots of friends. But isn’t that number like 50% (or less) of all the people you have met in life.
I’m not advising you to go out and bring home a stranger or a hitchhiker. All I’m asking you is NOT to become PARANOID!!!!
The world is a good place, filled with lots and lots of decent folks. Just say HI! and mean it:-)