The World as an Adversary

I’ve known people who see the world as an adversary. They see the world as a thing to be guarded against. A foe to be fought. It’s an exhausting and disheartening way to live, always on guard and holding a defensive posture towards everything outside oneself. It’s isolating because it puts one singularly against the collected contents of the universe.

I don’t believe that worldview is true, and even if it was I don’t think it’s a healthy way to live.   It makes one incapable of being truly vulnerable and letting people in. Something that is essential to making a real connection with another person. I have empathy for people who do see the world that way because for a long time I did also. I closed myself off because I was afraid of allowing myself to be hurt. I told myself it was easier to be isolated and alone than to risk connections with others that may cause pain. Now I prefer to leave myself open to the world. I’m not always successful, but I try. And it opens me up to being hurt. It is better than the alternative though.