Many people in our society suffer from a sense of separation and isolation from everyone else. This might explain some of our stranger behaviours and apparent indifference to the people around us. But this sense of disconnection is based on an overly defensive attitude, something most of us learn in our early childhood. We learn to be fearful and protective, to look for problems where they don’t exist, to mistrust everyone, including ourselves. This isn’t a healthy way to experience life. This overly defensive behaviour denies us so many opportunities to experience happiness and share in the wonder of other people. We don’t have to abandon our common sense and adopt a careless and naive approach to our fellow human beings but a more positive set of expectations can produce a much more positive level of interaction with others and this makes life so much more pleasant and comfortable for everyone.
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