We don’t value people
(As much as I feel we should)
Because we have ‘too much access’ to people.
This is something of a supply and demand issue.
As a general principle
We tend to value less which is more abundant
And this can apply to people.
You’d probably be much happier to see another person
After spending a year alone in the wilderness
Than you’d be
Spending yet another day (another year?)
Fighting through the crowds at your metro station
If there were less of us, maybe we’d value each other more.
Though seeing as this is probably not going to happen any time soon
We should come up with better ways to value each other
Ways that take into account how many of us that there are now.
Put another way
Come up with a way not to dehumanise people
Considering how many people there are.
The current MO is to treasure a small group of people
And look on at everyone else with some degree of ambiguity or neutrality.
Are there ways of valuing everyone equally without the ‘us and them’ mentality?
In other words – can we think of everyone as part of our ‘in-group’?
I don’t know.
Perhaps imagine that one of those people
In the teeming mass of humanity that surrounds you
Is the only person that you have seen in the last 10 years?