Something that I am really seeing clearly in reading this is the depths to which I am jaded. I think that his focus on the universiality of humanity is important in a pragmatic way only when accompanied with a belief in some sort of universal goodness and a drive to change.
I have believed in a universal goodness for a while. I saw the sorts of things that I did with my life, good and bad, and in talking to other people about the things that they did 99% of the time they were justified in their mind to do it. I don’t think that I am fundamentally a bad person so I see no reason to think that other people are.
Suffering does exist though and real suffering. People being dehumanized both to themselves and others. I don’t think that the world has to be this way and I have grappled for a while about why it is this way. I don’t think people change very much. I don’t think that I have changed very much; not really. How I express myself has changed, but not who I am really. I look at the people I have known since I came to college and they are still very much the same peopel that they were when I met them.