Mean Spirited 2017-34
I had a nonviolent run in with what I would call a “mean spirited” person the other day. Some would have called him a bastard with mental problems, but I will not do so. The details are not that important, but the thought that there are people out there that are like that, is in-settling.
What exactly is mean spirited? One definition of mean-spirited is someone that is unkind, motivated by cruelty or intended to be hurtful. An example of a mean–spirited person is someone who loves to see others fail. That is one definition, but there are many that can be used to describe this person.
I know of one that claimed to be a racist and in the way he told me, I could tell he was, somewhat, even proud of the fact he was one of “them”. How the H can you be proud of being a racist with all the things that are known about the past ones and how they acted?
I think he was also a typical (if there is a typical) mean-spirited person. He is, in my mind, a very unhappy person, has ills that make him look at life in a negative way, and his life might have been not what he wanted it to be. Not sure of the last one, but he does not brag about how his life was in the past.
Mean-spirited people have their own agenda based on sometimes cowardly and petty actions they have done, timidness in nature, weak minded overall and just plain MEAN in nature.
At times, we have to put up with these people, due to a relationship of some sorts. This can be a short and if they are a large part of your life, it could be a long term and emotional pain of dealing with them.
I remember the racist one I know. He would bait me and say things to see if I would argue with him, and I did NOT play into his power game of life. I did not want to get into an attitude of being like him, mean-spirited in a negative way, because I would have been just like him.
I ended up not seeing this person again and do not try to contact him, go to breakfast or any other way of communicating with him. I feel better in doing so. I do not have to grit my teeth when listening to him spout off about subjects I feel are wrong.
It could be that he needs help in some way professionally, but I am not his keeper, and the distance is too long for me to get involved on a regular basis. I would not be surprised he does not miss me, and is happy, in his way, with his life. Don’t know; don’t care; moving on!
We control our surroundings for the most part and happiness is up to each of us to attain. Taking personal responsibility for our actions IS the road to happiness.