I’m hardly a guru, but here are ten things I’ve figured out.
1. Direct communication, that is, verbal cues is always the best approach, even if it doesn’t seem so at the time.
2. Similarly, a white lie is not a good thing because people are usually angered more by deception, however minor than by the original incident.
3. When two friends have a disagreement, if both of them want to reconcile, they’ll find a way, if at least one doesn’t, reconciliation will be impossible.
4. No matter how bad a movie, show, comic, etc. is, remember that the creators were trying to entertain you, however unsuccessfully. There are worse intentions out there.
5. Extremists on opposite sides of an issue have more in common with each other than moderates on the same side.
6. The craziest people are the people who think they’re normal.
7. Some say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Personally I’d rather spend time with a well-intentioned person who screws up than a selfish person who sometimes stumbles into the right thing.
8. The best way to expand your horizons is to hang out with a wide range of personality types, including eccentrics.
9. If you want a fresh perspective on something, to break it down to its essentials, imagine it from a cat/dog/bird’s perspective.
10. You’re only truly in favour of freedom of speech if you’re willing to fight for someone’s right to say something you find appalling.