The Pain and the Challenge of Working with Fellow-Humans [Quote – 832]

Jun 7, 2017

If you are a human being, you have no choice but to work with other humans. 

People just like you.

If you look at yourself in the mirror everyday, you should know that the people you run into on a daily, hourly, basis, are all going to be people just like you: Perfect in their own eyes, maybe, but flawed and deficient on practically every other scale of human measurement.

That is how their God created them: Imperfect, incomplete, error-prone, blundering, self-righteous, impatient and fickle.

And yet, interacting with fellow-humans in all kinds of meaningful, productive, positive and enjoyable ways is what human life is all about. But it is not easy to do that, not always anyway. 

And often it is a challenge. And at times, frankly, it could be a pain.

So, what do you do? 

Do you run and hide? But where will you go? Every aspect of your life from your birth to your growing up to your death and burial is so dependent on them — other humans?

The Hadith Sharif, which I paraphrase here, is clear as could be:

“That Muslim, or Believer, who mixes and deals with others, and puts up with the problems and pain they cause, is better than one who avoids them and hides from them.”


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