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I'll never understand why most people are okay with being just a number.

The idea of being one of any drives me crazy.
People can be reduced to numbers. Surely we have no way of actually NOT being a number in anyones's eyes if they so choose to see us that way.

I really don't understand saying "some people are OK" with it. Who is really OK with being seen as a number?

I think we have to see others with the eyes of love - OK, I know that sounds dopey, but how else do you say it?

How we see others will build up over our lifetime. And every little bit helps! Long ago I read a history of WW1 by Martin Gilbert. Very near the beginning he spoke of one of the first skirmishes, the first battle. He mentioned that 9,000 died. I read this with barely a pause, but then Martin Gilbert "paused". He asked the reader to stop and think. Reflect. He said that there would be more passages in his book mentioning the numbers killed. He then emphasised that we should remember that EVERY casualty was a unique human being, that each had family - brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers, who would mourn the loss. Martin Gilbert's words have always stayed with me - which is why I mention them now. They come once more into mind.

We have to try to keep a pure and supple heart, try not to have our humanity eroded by a world that often seems to be designed to make us coarse and without deep care for others.

[i]The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead we must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own sources of anguish, and with some measure of triumph.
For me, every hour is grace.[/i]

(Elie Weisel) - Holocaust survivor)
Sweetpoison · 36-40, F
In what context?
@Sweetpoison i dont think so. Because the point is, in no context should it be tolerated. It's all about your self respect.
Sweetpoison · 36-40, F
@Desolate i agree with you, i was just curious if you were refering to something in particular
@Sweetpoison i could be. But id rather keep that to myself.
Being one of someone's many. Well. You know what i think of that 😐
@Bexsy it's time to make you someones only.
@Desolate agreed
Lostpoet · M
I am one of eight billion
@Lostpoet (in case you dont get my humor) this is meant to be funny, because we're all 1 of 8 billion.
Lostpoet · M
@Desolate 🤷🏼 i prefer the term humanitarian, but twomato tomato
Lostpoet · M
@Desolate i wrote a poem about being one in eight billion

There are eight billion people

Eight billion births
Eight billion deaths
Eight billion sun rises
Eight billion sun sets
Eight billion wake ups
Eight billion dreams
Eight billion people
Experiencing one day
Just like one of you & one of me ~Lostpoet
cerealguy · 26-30, M
It weirds me out too
I don't believe your premise is true.

But some people react that way to being assigned a number/character string by, say, the government, for tracking purposes.
Queendragonfly · 31-35, F
It's just a matter of expression to tell someone you matter and are the whole world to them.
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FreestyleArt · 31-35, M
It's a scary thought.
I am not a number…


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