I am intrigued by a question I don’t have an answer for. If you are a law enforcement official and see lawbreakers day in and out, are you more suspicious of people as a rule? And are you likely to be on guard even in social situations? On the other hand, if you are a doctor and see the sickness of varying intensities, do you think the whole world is a ‘sick’ place? Making diagnoses even when you aren’t on the job? If you are a banker and you deal with figures, day in and out – fudged or otherwise, do you think that money is the only thing that makes the world go round? Get the drift? Do professions define world views? Or at least colour them. If you are a shopkeeper, you get to meet buyers, day in and out. It’s all transactions. There may be a relationship that evolves over time, but it is limited. So, does that give you only one kind of input on the world and does it define how you think about people?
I think it induces a kind of blindness similar to race blindness – the inability to see people of other races and distinguish between them. Are academics absent-minded because their profession demands exploration of abstract concepts? Do painters portray a kind of reality that is evident only to them? Musicians are lost in the world of studios, orchestra ensembles and harmonies that give them a perspective on life that is far removed from say, a politician’s. Profiteers see people as opportunities to make more money. Are these hard-wired into us? I don’t have the faintest idea – but the interactions I have had indicates that views are shaped by experiences and by interactions – not necessarily by what we read.
What is all this leading to? I am throwing this open. Chip in and narrate what you think is right. I am seeking influencers as much as the influenced. Whether we believe the world is a kind, forgiving and helpful place is determined, I believe, by what we see and do every day. Which brings me to priests. They see people who are pious and who would do no wrong and who beg for forgiveness. What impression do they have – that people are more sinned against than sinning? I think there will be some unusual perspectives.