Published on
September 24, 2012

Let's face it. We are terrible human beings.

We are terrible sons. We are terrible daughters. We are terrible mothers and fathers. We are terrible friends. We are terrible drivers. We are terrible boyfriends, girlfriends, students, teachers, cooks, socializers, competitors, listeners, communicators, and exercisors.

We have to accept the terribleness of us.

If you're like me, you don't readily accept anything of the sort, and prefer to believe that you are quite the contrary. You are different. I like to believe that I don't make the mistakes of other humans. I tend to assign myself to a position that makes myself the best. I am making an effort to distance myself from the sins of others, to forge ahead a new path for others to follow. I am the example. The leader.

But the truth is I'm not. I can't change society. In fact, society is not looking to change, because we don't believe there is anything that needs to be changed. We are perfectly fine. Others need to change...sure...but not us. We are different. We know what we're doing.

See what I mean?
It's a terrible attitude to have.

We can't ascribe to having it all figured out. We can't be overly cynical, judging the decision of others, and not believe that we aren't capable of doing the same things. There's always room for improvement. We're going to make mistakes, and we have made mistakes, and they will affect others, sometimes permenantly. So we can't assume we'll always have it right. We must be looking to change.

That's the new mindset we have to adopt.

We have to accept that somewhere, everywhere, we are doing it wrong, and then we can seek to improve our condition. Always trying to make things better.

We must be people of progress.
Not people of perfection or particularities.

Mattias is an actor, writer, filmmaker, and editor currently living in Los Angeles, CA. He often writes about his observations about life, the human condition, spirituality, and relationships. He also enjoys writing about movies, pop culture, formula one, and current events. Often these writings are 'initial thoughts' and un-edited, as authentic as possible, and should be considered opinions. If you're interested in commenting on his work, or continuing the conversation, you should consider following him on Twitter or share an article on social media, where he would love to engage even further. Consider subscribing via RSS for more.