Bullying. It is a learned behavior. It can result from several different practices. maybe a child has been bullied at home. Maybe they have only overheard their parents say cruel things about people. The result is the same. A person who speaks freely without conscience of other people’s feelings.
we have a responsibility to teach our children that words can hurt. That somethings can never be unsaid. The Internet has become a battleground. People act under the sense of anonymity. I am unsure how or when we lost the fact that we are responsible for what we put out in the world. That whether you are “seen” or not you carry the weight of what you say. I would hope, that within reason, my kids are the same people when there are witnesses as when they are alone with their own quiet.
at some point we have become a filterless society who puts knee jerk responses before thoughtful engaging conversation. I am not asking you to give up on your convictions. I am never more engaged than to be in a conversation with a passionate person. Passion does not come with blinders. Sometimes your convictions may pass for judgements. I honor your opinion, even if it differs from mine. I have said before and I will say it again, I believe that it is through respectful conversations with people of differing views that I have learned the most about myself. I haven’t always changed my mind, but I have reached a deeper understanding of others. I believe in the principle that all people have an inherent worth. That goes for their opinions as well. This isn’t about political correctness. Although in an election year, I am referring to politics. This is about the golden rule. Do unto others.
No matter our beliefs, we all just want to be heard.
The trick is to also listen.