Hammerheads are sooo scary. I remember seeing one glide past our  40 foot fishing boat, and it seemed at least half as long. Maybe my fear made it larger than it was, but nevertheless, these man eaters are MANEATERS. YOW! But, lest my fear and ignorance judge them too quickly, there is a little known fact about hammerheads and their ilk: they may have genes that could save countless human lives. Yep! Recent studies have shown that sharks have an increased immunity to cancer due to their overall highly evolved immune systems. And it’s the scariest sharks out there, hammerheads and great whites that are the species which exhibit these extraordinary genes.

Oh, how quick we are to judge-Sharks are not all bad. But humans tend to judge things quickly and indiscriminately-out of fear, ignorance? like books by their covers, people by the cars they drive, folks by their incomes-all kinds of things that don’t fit into their little box.  Sort of reminds me of a conversation I had a few weeks ago with a woman. She remarked that on her worst day, she could never look as bad as the people who shop at Walmart. “That,” she said, “is the reason I can’t stand going there.”  Now, I’m not advocating shopping at the store or anything else to bolster the store’s patronage; to each their own, I say. But having pondered that day and the woman, I feel ashamed for her, for her fear and ignorance.

QUOTE: “I have learned the hard way to mind my business, without judging who people are and what they do. I am more troubled by the lack of space being provided for the truth to unfold. Humans cannot seem to wait for or honor the truth. Instead, we make it up based on who we believe people should or should not be.” Iyanla Vanzant

WRITING TIP: Observe the character, try not to judge him/her.

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