Simply put: I care too much.
Some will translate this as: Yo' ass is all up in othah people's b'ness.
Maybe, but if this is true, it's probably in cases where "other people' shared their business with the world, in general, or me, in particular.
But, whichever interpretation you may favor, the fact remains that I am bothered, too much, by other people's hardships and/or shortcomings (as I interpret them, anyway). Most of the time, I think I do my best to engage people as long as they're interested in my opinion. However, even if I don't share my opinion of them, with them, I still feel bad for them (or get upset with them).
If someone's complaining about how there aren't any good men left in the world, yet I think they're constantly chasing after the assholes and chasing away the good ones, I feel compelled to shed a little light on the trend, as I see it. If they continue to do these things, I do what I can to emotionally distance myself from that fact (which is difficult when you are or feel close to the person). I think that, overall, I do a decent enough job of this.
However, there are times when these things, perhaps, bother me more than they should. This is probably every time, to be honest, but it backs up on me in the long-term. In fact, I find myself in that situation, in this very moment. I think that's largely due to the fact that I've been exposed to a number of people (mostly women, now that I think about it) who'd much rather stay in the Matrix.
That blue pill does look tasty.
In fact, maybe it looks a little TOO tasty. Maybe I'm getting by on a steady diet of blue pills, myself. After all, I know the reality, yet I keep hoping for or expecting something different.
Maybe I'm emotionally immature, as evidenced by the fact that I've shown myself to be incapable of consciously and consistently limiting my emotional connection to people who aren't really interested in what I *think* I have to offer. Whether my opinions are right or wrong is one thing. How I deal with them is another.
If that last one is true, I'm in the middle of a nasty lil catch-22. Either I continue to engage people and try to mature, through trial-and-error OR I recognize my own shortcomings and STOP trying to engage people (in this way), thus limiting my potential growth and interaction with my fellow human-beings.
Some of us complain about trolls and other folks online who don't think of the rest of us as real people with real lives and feelings and concerns. One upside of being a troll, though, is that you don't get caught-up in other people's situations. You're just there to have "fun" and move on.
I don't know what the long-term answer to this one is, but in the short-term, at least, I plan to withdraw, somewhat, from arenas in which disappointment is so very predictable.
Little-to-nothing is gained by giving people what they don't want, even if they think they do.