Let’s travel way back to July 7th 1958. Sheb Wooley had been number 1 on the Billboard pop charts for a month with his song “Purple People Eater”.
Radio DJs held contests and asked the listeners to send in their drawings of that one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eater.
So, people sent in their drawings of a purple people eater. But if we look at the actual lyrics it says:
“I said Mr. Purple People Eater, what’s your line
He said it’s eatin’ purple people and it sure is fine”
Apparently the reason it’s a “purple people eater” is not necessarily that the alien itself is purple, it’s that it eats purple people. That really did a number on my brain.
But then I got to thinking (always a good thing) about what lessons we can learn from this patently deranged alien being.
Maybe it’s actually about being more discriminating about the kind of people we surround ourselves with?
What I don’t mean by that is that we all become horribly, horribly racist. Especially since thus far humans have not managed to develop purple skin. Except for the occasional bruise.
I like to call myself an avid “people collector”. I know, it sounds very Jeffrey Dahmerish but hear me out.
I try as best I can to not exclude people because of either outward or inward traits. We’re all people and should be met with the same courtesy.
When people turn out to be assholes toward us it doesn’t mean they’re only have that aspect to them. If we stick around them long enough we’re bound to see a gentler and more loving side to them.
It’s ok that people are different. However, those who I choose to include in my closest circles, I feel, share similar values and aspirations in life.
There’s usually something painful they’ve had to go through. Also, there’s an enormous drive to make the world a little bit better in some way.
For me it’s just that these are the kind of people I can relate to the most and who I want to share more of myself with.
What kind of people do you collect? Do they have similar traits? Are they more like you or do you collect people who complement you?
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