Thursday, October 29, 2009

Why All Comparisons Are Odious

The business about comparing people being bad is a cliche.

Ever wonder why?

It's because it's always apples and oranges. There are no equivalent situations. Even identical twins growing up in the same house have different aims and different sets of problems to solve.

I think we all know that at a gut level. But it's easy to forget, especially in the case of self-judgments.

The practice of measuring is "odious" because it's always inaccurate. When I do it, it simply distracts me from doing the things I need to do while here on Earth.

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Debra W said...

Very good thought for the day, Peggy. Interestingly enough, I needed to hear that today. I love it when that happens!


Anonymous said...

I read your post after reading the article by Susan Klebold, mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the teens responsible for Columbine shootings. It is worth the read.

Peggy Payne said...

I'll check out the Klebold piece, Anon. Thanks. I'd noticed that coverline and thought: I want to read that. But I hadn't gotten to it.

Glad to be timely, Debbie. This topic comes to my mind a lot of days.