Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. -Plato
We’ve all heard that Plato quote before, but how often do we apply it?
I’ve become more aware of the cruelty in the world over the past few months, particularly on social media, and it just seems so… unnecessary.
These posts are so small and petty, and every time I see one I wonder if they realize that we all do obnoxious things. We all have different personalities, different thought processes, and different tolerances.
I’m not immune to it. We’re all guilty.
I’m not saying it’s not normal to be annoyed, to want to snap at the person on public transit who has their headphones blasting too loud (my personal irritant). But is it necessary to tweet cruel things about this person because of it? Maybe they don’t even know their headphones are too loud. Maybe you were snapping your gum around in your mouth so they turned the volume up to drown you out.
Society has become intolerant in so many ways. We constantly fail to put ourselves in another’s shoes, to try to understand where they’re coming from. So easily we forget that we were just there ourselves, or that we will be before long.
I’m a firm believer in karma. I believe that we get what we put out into the world.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou.
How do you suppose we’re making people feel when we post this sort of negativity, regardless if they realize it’s about them or not, and how long do you suspect it will take until karma knocks on your door?
The next time you’re in the midst of saying something hurtful, stop yourself and do something nice for someone instead.
When you can’t understand why your friends are making the choices they are, trust them. Their choices are their own to make.
Send a thank you card to a colleague who’s helped you with a project. Tell a friend that you appreciate them. Compliment a stranger. Or simply, smile.