Getting Past the Invisible Barrier

What outplays in a nation’s government is an exact reflection of the consciousness of its people. With Trump constantly talking about building a wall, I find that most Americans want to build a wall around themselves.

I find that Americans are very guarded and reluctant to share their feelings with others, almost to the point where they don’t even know how. So many are afraid to open up. It’s as if there’s an invisible barrier around them that just won’t allow you to come too close.

Usually when I meet someone, I try to get under their surface. I will prod, poke, and throw all sorts of questions at them just to get down to the bottom of who they truly are. I want to find out what irks them and what is their story. I‘ll at times volunteer to tell a piece of my story with the hopes that they too will open up about themselves. It’s not about being nosy, but more about building a connection. If I know your story and you know mine, then all of a sudden we’re no longer worlds apart.

Sadly, most remain guarded and choose to keep the conversation at the surface level. Many end up walking away taking my story with them while failing to reciprocate the gesture. I suppose they do not want to be put in a situation where they have to open up and share their own story, so they gloss over yours and what you’ve just shared.

I don’t want to generalize and say this applies to all Americans. But I have to say that I experience this in most of the people that I come across on a daily basis. Being born and raised in the US, I didn’t notice it so much at first.  But after traveling to the different nations in Europe and Asia, it became quite obvious.

Not sure what is the point of communicating if it’s always gonna be small talk? If we can’t fully express ourselves, then how are we to heal from the things that burden us?

Fluffy relationships exist only to uphold emotional facades and artificial realities.

Lately, I find myself having to pass on the hum-drum pleasantries.

Isn’t it time we asked ourselves what it is that we have to protect so much?

These barriers we use to keep people from coming too close are the same barriers we use to keep ourselves enslaved in an artificial world.

Due to familiarity, our enslavement might feel comfortable to us. However, I find freedom of expression to be a thousand times more comfy and cozy?

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