I strode through the airport wearing my iPod and listening to my favorite songs on my way to a business meeting in St. Louis last week.
I felt an overwhelming benevolence for my fellow humankind.
I opened my eyes to the unique, heart-breaking complexity of everyone around me.
I found the intrinsic, sometimes hidden, beauty in every face.
Then, when my colleague met me at the gate, I took the iPod off and we boarded the plane.
A mother and her three year old boy were seated across the aisle from me.
Knowing from experience what the mom was going through traveling with him, I thought about helping her out by interacting with the boy.
But I realized then that I'm not all that benevolent after all.
[I should really keep my iPod ON.]