How well can you ever know another person?

Is it possible to understand someone completely? I think that it’s impossible to do so. People are constantly changing, which makes it difficult to ever really know them. Obviously some things will stay the same throughout a person’s life, but there are so many more things about them that will change. You can know someone for their entire life, yet they will still have the capacity to surprise you and act in ways that you never imagined.

I find it a little bit depressing, actually. Because, regardless of how hard I try, I will never really know someone entirely. There will always be secrets that they have, stories I’ll never be told, and actions that I will never be able to comprehend.

The human race is pretty incredible in the sense that we can lie. We can become anyone we want to be simply by saying it. It’s easy to lie and it’s easy to fool other people into thinking what you want them to. I’ve lied, and will continue to lie until the day that I die. Which makes me wonder how much of what other people tell me is the truth. Which makes me wonder again if I really know them.

There are so many variables and factors in the equation that is a relationship between two people. We change. We lie. We keep secrets. We can’t tell another person all of our life experiences.

So, how well can you ever know another person?

I think that, no matter how close you are to some one else, there will always be a distance between you. In a way it’s comforting,  since there are things about myself that I don’t want anyone else to know about. But it’s also kind of sad in a way, since there will always be things that are unknown and unpredictable.


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