The Dichotomy of Humanity

I have come to the conclusion that there are basically two types of people.  There are those who, given a small bit of power, take it and in turn give power to others trusting that we are all deserving of respect and given the opportunity will prove just that.  Then, there are those who, given a small bit of power, keep it to themselves assuming that people will do the worst and cannot possibly handle any responsibility looking upon the rest of us with a wary heart and distrust.

It has been my experience that people expect from one another, basically whatever they themselves are.  So a person who is a gossip, assumes people are always talking about them and naturally distrusts what others say.  And a person who believes in giving, assumes that others are basically good and will do the same if given the chance.  We see in others, our own reflection.

These two things, coupled together, can lead a good person who believes in sharing power to get bit from time to time by people of the other sort.  And, this could potentially lead to a good person becoming bitter, and losing that hope, losing that faith in humanity they once held dear.  I can only hope that I won’t be bitten that many times.

I’ve been bit, a great number of times…  but still, I have to believe that given the opportunity that people will choose to do good, and that ALL people are deserving of respect – regardless of age or station.  It’s just who I am.  So please forgive me as I pout, and cry a little off in the corner.  I’ve recently been bitten, and it hurts like hell.  However, with a little care and a little nurturing I’m sure this wound (like most others) will heal.  It will likely leave a scar, but I’ll move forward still believing in people.

About Tobi-Dawne

Tobi-Dawne Smith is many things to many people... photographer, canine behaviour expert, equal rights activist, green politician, lactivist, intactivist, writer, crafter, dog handler, third wave feminist, etc. But most important in her life is her role as mother to an amazing five year old. Learn more about TD at follow her blog at get to know her daughter at or check out her work at

Posted on December 12, 2011, in camp fyrefly, Family, Just a Note, People, Politics and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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