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Because in the end, when we all see the ugly things that we see, and we think the ugly things that we think, and we sometimes even vocalize those things to the people around us, it turns out that we are all unknowingly screaming the exact same words to each other.

“I want to be okay, damn it. I want to be okay.”

If you close your eyes for a moment and listen, you’ll hear the world’s cry.

“I want to be loved. I want to feel normal.”

Listen closer.

“I want to not be judged.”

The more you are able to hear it, the louder it gets.

“I want what I believe to be okay.”

Louder. Louder. Louder still.

“I want to not be hated for who I am.”

Until suddenly it’s deafening.

“I am a good person. And I deserve to be loved.”

Shit.

That’s what we’re all really crying.

Through the verdicts, and the odium, and the cries of foul-play. That’s what we’re all really crying.

“I am a good person. And I deserve to be loved.”

We just can’t hear it. We don’t want to hear it.

Because if we stop comparing ourselves long enough to hear the words that people are actually saying to one another, we miss what we think is our chance to prove our own worth, and to prove our own worthiness. We miss what we think is our chance to have our own indistinguishable plea be heard.

“I am a good person. And I deserve to be loved.”

We might as well be screaming these words at one another.

And we want so badly for others to hear them, and to give us what we need, that we beg for it to happen the only way we know how.

We hurt others.

“I am a good person. And I deserve to be loved.”

We look down on others.

“I am a good person. And I deserve to be loved.”

We judge others.

“I am a good person. And I deserve to be loved.”

We criticize others.

“I am a good person. And I deserve to be loved.”

And as we do it, whatever person is standing in front of us, fails to recognize our message. They fail to recognize our need. They fail to hear our words.

And, sadly, nobody is ever really heard at all.

And that is how the good people of this world get so lost in the cycle. It’s why the majority of the good people in this world are currently lost in the cycle.

And that is what will hinder and destroy society.

Because, if you think about it, society doesn’t actually exist. The only thing that has ever existed is the individual. And when we destroy the individual, we destroy the thing we call society.

And all because we have this need to be better than others.

All because we have this need to find fault in others.

And all because we have this need to be loved.

It’s not sin. It’s not hatred. It’s not depravity.

It’s our quest for love that is destroying everything.

It’s our need for love.

And things aren’t going to change if you and I don’t change them.

Things aren’t going to get better if you and I don’t take the first steps to make it happen.

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 2 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!