"No problem can be solved at the same level of consciousness that created it."
As a kid, meeting people had variety. Serious variety. Each person was wholly unrelated—as unrelated as different species are unrelated. Around 7, I remember going with my dad to meet two of his friends. One loved star wars and video games and lived with his parents and the other had a son and lived with his girlfriend. As a kid, those two people were completely opposite. Not a single similarity.
3 years ago it started to become very different. A man is a man, I realized. Though he may be a different color or speak a different language we are both bound by the same inescapable shackles of our nature. We may be two very different men on the surface with different interests, political opinions, talents, professions etc.—but strip us of food, sleep, sex, water; strip us to the bone and we are the same man, the same animal. The same primal drive to nourish and pro create, this be-all end-all force that is last to be undone, is in me as it is in him as it is in all of us.
So now people don’t seem so different. Not that people are all the same—people are tremendously varied but not on the scale as I had imagined as a child. I see now that if you took everything from my dad’s two friends, they would become indistinguishable from each other. I see that underneath our civility we all wear the same mask.