So I just wanted to write about something that’s been bothering me lately. The world is not looking its best right now and with everything in the news and at home I’ve been frustrated by the apathy and selfishness that surrounds us today.
The advent of technology means we are constantly bombarded with the best and worst of humanity, but the worst makes for better news. We see so much suffering, so many atrocities committed by our fellow human beings against each other that it’s started rolling off our backs with barely a hint of concern.
We have even come to the point of encouraging some of it to happen.
Bullying, racism, sexism, inequality, Islamophobia, homophobia, bigotry, hate.
If we see these things in our everyday lives and do nothing to stop them we are condoning this behavior. Our inaction allows these behaviors to grow unfettered. If no one moves to stop them, they start to seem acceptable.
We have the tendency to label people we’ve never met with a stereotype and forget that they are human beings with families and trades that they care about. All anyone wants is to live their lives and raise their families in peace. We have to beware of thinking in terms of “them” and “us”.
It is easy to forget that having a roof over our heads and food in our stomachs is a blessing. It is easy to become selfish and want only things that will benefit “us”, often at the cost of “them”.
There is absolutely no reason for anyone in this world to go hungry, to lack decent shelter or healthcare or education. Remembering to share our blessings with those in need and treating them with respect–for the act of decency itself, but at least knowing that but for the grace of God we would be in that position–is vital.
Words matter. They can hurt and destroy us just as easily as they can lift us up and inspire. Speaking out against any or all of these horrible behaviors matters; even if you only help one person, it matters.
If travel has taught me anything, it’s that we are all the same. We have the same worries, the same fears, the same dreams.
Nothing makes me angrier than people who belittle others to raise themselves up, who trivialize harming others, who spread messages of fear to control people. We can’t let them win.
Help me show the world that kindness and respect will win the day. Stand up for the people around you when they need you. Speak out against hate and then live by your words. Spread the love! Thanks everyone.
This girl gets it. Completely. This is one of my favorite speeches and it inspires me every time! Listen to the end.