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I published a post to Instagram recently that states how people are more self-aware than they give themselves credit for. I still believe this to be true. There is self-awareness in recognizing your strengths and weaknesses, and in recognizing points of concern within yourself or irrational patterns of thought and/or behavior.
But humans are odd (possibly the biggest understatement I will ever make). If there was ever a time to witness the oddity at the heart of our interactions with others, throughout our little, breadcrumb-sized lives (when measured up against the timeline of the universe), it would be during a pandemic.
Some people lack a level of awareness and sometimes self-awareness. On the other hand, I would argue that some people are so self-aware, it actually impedes their ability to maintain objective awareness of the world around them. Frankly, it makes for some incredibly odd moments when one witnesses the behavior that is a byproduct of a person’s extreme level of self-awareness, general awareness, or lack thereof.
Like … they wouldn’t pick up on it if it roundhouse kicked them in the back of the head.
By the dictionary definition, to be self-aware is to be:
1. conscious of one’s own feelings, character, etc
Do you think people who use narratives such as “I’m not going to wear a mask during COVID-19 because it’s my right” lack self-awareness, or have too much self-awareness? We are looking at people who are clearly conscious of their own feelings and character. Where I think they fall short, however, is in their ability to be aware and take into consideration other people’s feelings, informed opinions and the world around them. There’s self-awareness in recognizing points of concern within yourself as I said above, but i’d bet folks like this don’t register this behavior as a point of concern within themselves.
Ignorance is bliss so they say and I won’t stop anyone from being blissed out. But – your funeral. Like… literally your funeral, that … that’s not a punchline.
On that note, to lack awareness is actually part of the definition for ignorant: