In reflection of some recent (extremely emotional) personal events and what happened in Boston today I can't help but return to this thought.
Kids are cruel. I see it every. single. day. Adults are simply kids with more access to tools to express their emotions.
If you react to someone who is different or quirky or weird or unique with an attitude of fear then they learn to be feared. They learn to be afraid.
And when people are afraid they either withdraw or they lash out.
So, the next time you want to pass judgement on that person who talks differently, walks differently, or has a commentary different from your train of thought, just pause and reflect. What will you teach them with your actions? Will you teach them fear or will you teach love?
The craziest thing about all this is how it is against our nature to push back at someone who is nice. Our innermost being of humanity reacts to what is thrown it's way. Be terse with the waiter and you get bad service. Yell at the guy who is going too slow (for you) and they will go slower. Try it.
I don't like living in a world where kindness is met with surprise.
Be the change you wish to see in the world. Not the preacher of it. You are *not* entitled to jack anything.
My heart goes out to everyone in Boston. I am deeply saddened by it and humbled by the enormity of our society. My world is but a mere speck and yet I am the sun. Sometimes it is easy to get lost in our lives and forget there are so many other people out there, living simultaneous, unattached, and equally important lives. Hrm. Life. You continue to elude and overpower me.
In summary, which has nothing to do with this post, Twilight is the most horrifically terrible movie in every way possible: acting, script, color saturation, cinematography, special effects, plot, etc. But, they paid someone to get a hell of a sound track--of which I am shamelessly listening to this week. I really like this song: