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Step three: let it flow.

I wonder how much different my thoughts are from those around me. Do we all ponder the same general questions? Of is the human experience so unique that we will always struggle to relate with one another. I guess relating would still be difficult if we are thinking about the same stuff or not. Do we really value empathy as a society? And if we do, how much thought do we give toward it at an individual level? Do people even want to make thinking about how other people feel a priority? I sure hope so. If not, I don't see how we will ever make progress as a species. 

Perhaps we just don't have the technology to communicate our thoughts with each other effectively. But that can't be it, we've been able to write letters to each other for centuries and have been able to communicate electronically for decades. 

People must really just not care enough about each other to stay in touch. But that makes sense in a way. People change, priorities change, and so the people we stay close to must naturally change. Accepting that change is probably the hardest part. Relationships are a two way street, and you can't get somebody to come to you if they don't want to, no matter how much effort you put into it. 

Mutual reciprocity must be where we find our worth to others. Some people look at the willingness to put more into a relationship than another person as a weakness, like it means you're needy, but I don't think that's true. If I were needy I would need them to put more in than I do. I hope I'm always willing to take a friendship deeper if someone wants it. I don't know how to make sure I'm picking up on that, but maybe all I have to do is ask, or better yet listen.

I wonder if I don't listen enough. I feel like I talk a lot, and I'm trying to get other people to talk back, but I hope people don't think I just want them to be sounding boards. I want a real response, I want to be corrected when my ideas aren't congruent with my principles. What are my principles these days? 

My top priority has to be love. It's really the most beautiful concept in existence. Unconditional love exceptionally so. That's a hard one, but I think it's the deepest form of care you can have for somebody. Families should really work on unconditionally loving each other more. It's good practice, and the people tend to be worth it. Where to draw the line between love and allowing yourself to be used is tricky, but I think it's worth it to take the risk. I mean, when you look back will you really be sad that you loved somebody too much? Is that really something to be ashamed of or regret? Not at all.

I wonder how I can love everyone in my life more. I have to be honest with them. I think love can't function without honesty. Oh the power truth has. And how sad it is that people are scared of it and others try to hide it. It's very liberating when you can just live honestly, and be open with everyone. Sure, tact has its place, but honesty is what will lead you to solving your problems the soonest. 

You really can't learn if you don't have access to truth. That's what's so great about logic. It helps you recognize truth. I hope people can see that logic and emotion don't have to conflict one another. Sometimes they do, but if you're willing to slow down and let your emotions be logical, I find it to be very pleasant. There's a peace to be found by seeking logical emotion. I feel like life is the struggle to find that peace.

May we continue to let the truth set us free.

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