it doesn’t matter what you say, if what’s being understood is different. As Paulo Coelho says it, people only hear what they want to hear.
Like a game of broken telephone, there’s lots of room for miscommunication the further we go down the line.
Your friend probably didn’t mean to hurt you. Your landlord probably didn’t mean to inflict so much trouble for your family. Your government authority only wanted to make things safer for everyone.
Things get lost as they travel. And with a widespread warp in intentions, we can offer compassion instead of putting up more walls to divide us.