could you write a tiny love letter to humanity?
THINGS I CURRENTLY LOVE ABOUT HUMANITY, A LIST
- The way brake lights flicker through the bare limbs of trees out the window of my apartment
- the soft grinding of the CTA line as it passes into night, carrying unknown individuals pats, to the dark
- our downstairs neighbors as they have soft, languorous sex, gently rattling our china cabinet as their headboard slams against the wall
- My criminal law professor, who (despite a rough, emotionally-scarring military and prosecutorial past) articulates the necessity of being open to criticism as “if I alienate you from learning, I have failed as a professor”
- the very gentle inquiries into what we’re all doing for spring break, the necessity of sunshine and/or our mothers’ cooking
- Talking about work/life balance with other law students, some of whom believe in nothing of the sort, and others who harbor that spark of romanticism, that love can be found in a desperate place
- How much people still long for external approval, even into their thirties and foties, so much as to be braggarts, desperate for external approval from law students ten to fifteen years their junior.
- You are never really not that person you were at twelve and thirteen. It will all be a little easier if you love them gently, and with kindness.