Quotes such as this tend to get thrown around again and again in an attempt to get people to be decent to each other. Honestly it would seem as though people might figure out if you treat someone nicely then there’s a good chance that you’ll be treated the same way. It’s not a guarantee, but it’s a good way to sleep at night knowing that you’ve done what you can to insure that you’ve tried to make someone’s life better in some way, if only for a moment. Some will remember and seek to pay that good deed back or pay it forward so that another individual can feel just as good as they have.
But tearing each other down only brings temporary relief from the grief, the depression, that causes this. It’s a brief high, and some people continue to be terrible to others simply for that temporary high, but in time they begin to realize that this is all they know, all they have, and therefore all that they can relate to. It’s a miserable existence to be honest no matter how many might deny it.
And yet, there’s a midway point to everything, and the act of tearing each other down in retaliation, however justified, is where it lies. People might still believe themselves to be good and in the right, and such a thing might be true, but the very act of attempting to tear someone else down becomes a balance point to their own personal happiness and sense of self that brings them one step closer to feeling just as miserable as the aforementioned individuals who simply cannot stop themselves any longer from being the most miserable people on the planet.
The solution is very simple, and yet so difficult for some that it’s akin to asking them to climb a rock wall without training. It’s possible, but also hard enough that it might be close to impossible. Being nice to people is so much easier than being a complete and utter jerk, and yet many people have ever forgotten this lesson or never received it in the first place.
Maybe it’s time to start things over with a refresher course.