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Tunnel vision’s a hell of a drug.
We call it a drug, because that’s what people take doses of more than anything else. When a person doesn’t try to expand their horizons, or they get into a habit of doing the same thing and having the same conversations, or when they CUT YOU OFF IN THE ROAD WITHOUT A SECOND THOUGHT TO YOUR SAFETY, that’s tunnel vision, and it’s dangerous.
It’s being comfortable with the same motions day in and day out. It’s having an absence of empathy and the metacognition it takes to see a homeless person on the street and at least contemplate if he or she might be in need of food. The world we live in nowadays has shaped us into creatures that only focus on achieving things with the snap of a finger. *snap* “I need fame” *snap* “I need money” *snap* “I need followers”.
But what about the man you’re standing next to in Sprouts who just lost his job? What about the woman whose family disowned her because they found out she’s gay? What do they need? It only takes a simple smile and a “hi” to restore another’s faith in humanity, but the fear of deconstructing our bubbles causes many of us (self included) to forget how to connect with one another.
This is all to say one thing. Open people’s eyes. Not only the ones you surround yourself with daily, but also the people you don't know, standing all around you at any given moment. Guide someone else outside of that tunnel, therefore breaking down the walls of your own, and remember that we’re all human. We’re all here on this earth to help each other.
- Shawn Black