The Secret History of Enemies

“If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.”  Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

Now there is a sobering thought – and, on reflection, likely a true one.  It is easy to be quick to judge actions of others as being focused on/against me.  “That asshole cut ME off in traffic” may really be the other driver needed to change lanes to make the exit and my car (among thousands of others on the road) happened to be the one behind him at that moment.

Granted, “enough to disarm all hostility” is a lofty goal, but it does sound a bit better than “enough to shame me and put me in my place for being such selfish and insensitive prig.”

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