As the years go by, I watch as pieces of my innocence are ripped away. After twenty-five years on this earth, the naiveté is finally dissipating. Lucky as I was to lead a safe and sheltered childhood, the harsher it is to now accept reality. Injustice abounds and far too many people are willing to stand idly by, myself included. I lie awake at night, ashamed of myself and those around me. How has the world come to this? What has brought us to become so cruel and callous?
Children are taunting each other, torturing each other in such ways that their victims take their own lives. Child’s play is no longer a game. What used to be a simple tease has become a vicious attack and the shame of it is; we let this continue. Some will argue the culprit is nature over nurture but I beg to differ. I won’t deny that some people may be predisposed to argumentative and even some volatile traits but I refuse to blame mother nature for all the world’s ill wills. Parenting, or lack thereof, has an enormous effect on a child and to turn a blind eye and pretend that we don’t see it is unacceptable. Every time we talk disparagingly about our neighbor, the guy at work, or the woman at the supermarket, our kids are watching us, hanging on every word and mimicking our every move. They learn from their teachers, from their family and their peers.
The greatest shame lies with these grown men and women perpetuating bullying whether it be at work or just in passing on the street. What do you care if the guy in the corner office has male pattern baldness? Why does it matter that the checker at the grocery store is overweight? So your friend’s neighbor is gay, who cares? Does your life depend on how many nasty comments you can throw their way? Will you suffer great harm if you do not taunt these people who are already struggling?
Please, I am begging someone to explain this to me. What is wrong with human beings that we need to constantly hurt one another? How, in this day and age, do we tolerate this kind of behavior? We allow it to continue in our schools, in our offices, even our government. I would like to plead with everyone who has ever hurled insults at another, and we are all guilty, please stop and think before you speak. Please, ask yourself how you would feel if it were you on the receiving end; if it were your child. If you still want to say it, by all means you have the right. My plea to the world is that we open our eyes. Don’t let injustice slip by you without a word. Fight. Fight for yourselves, and fight for others.