I wish I had a field guide to people. You know the kind; the ones with pictures and descriptions and habitat and what to watch for and when to watch for them. It would be so helpful.
I would know how to respond, or when to avoid (entry on page 24: particularly poisonous, avoid at all costs, found in the -----), or when to engage and how to engage (entry on page 435: approach carefully, only after dinner but not before 6:00 AM ever.), or this is the person you have been looking for all your life, (entry on page 365: this is the one. look no further, meets all qualifications for a good partner.) or any other helpful reference points one might need as they proceed through life.
I don't have a field guide and often my instincts are off. Hard to believe, I know.While we live in a scientific world, it seldom is cut and dried when we are dealing with other homo sapiens. So probably, the guide,
|Not mandatory, but helpful in advance|
spotting of approaching specimen
Anyway, there you have it. We go through life gathering up information, seldom as useful as the very basic one we are given from birth: Love each other.
(though, I am not going to lie, sometimes this is easier done from a distance, see field guide entry on page 654.)