We live in a society that unfortunately seems to encourage the disparagement of others. One of the biggest culprits is the media, television entertainment,news, magazines etc and how we participate and perpetuate voluntarily and involuntarily when we knowingly partake loving the salacious gossip and critical tear downs including the workplace, clubs, coffee shops, homes etc.
The reality is, we become part of the problem when we purchase/burrow, read those malicious tidbits then compound the problem by going to the various social media platforms/blogs to propagate the nasty toxic behavior that regrettably has now become the norm. Yet we are surprised and horrified at the escalation of bullying taking on new and gruesome dimensions in the cyber world with its disheartening consequences.
Most things can be used for dual purposes the good and the bad. We as individuals have to decide which side we want to come down on and take responsibility for our own actions and what comes out of our mouth. People who salivate at the power given by “Anonymity” hiding behind fake names and profiles like gossip rags with their “close source,” that work to meticulously destroy people’s lives/character are no better than those who would rob others at gun point.
The pen is as might as a sword or in this analogy, a gun. Words are weapons, they dangerous, they wound and you can’t roll it back in like an unraveled ribbon and everything will be ok. We all have an individual and collect responsibility to not be part of the problem rather we should be part of the solution. Do not lend your ear to gossip, do not let your being be the toad stool upon which other people cast their stink eroding droppings.
In this new year, let us adapt a new attitude and dare to stand up for what is right, not because it would gain us points and popularity but because if the shoe were on the other foot and we were being maligned, harassed and bullied we would want someone to champion us and dare to rise up and take a stand on our behalf. Let us dare to NOT participate in gossip. Let us dare to speak directly to the ones we feel is offending/offended us. Let us dare to be transparent in how we think, reason, behave and deal with people. Let us dare to live a life with personal integrity even if it means standing outside the “inner circle.”
“It is easy to criticize others, to list their faults. However, before casting aspersions, first take a look at self before condemning anyone else.”—DBS.Rhapsody
It would benefit us all to….
“Be careful of the seeds you sew because you may not like the harvest of consequences it yields.”—DSBS.Rhapsody