Looking through drafts I’d forgotten about, I found this one. Started late last August, it’s still relevant today, so I figured I might as well finish it.
It never ceases to amaze me how many people in the world feel like they have the right to pass judgment on others, even those they don’t know. What’s even more amazing is that too many victims of these egomaniacs take the insulting opinions to heart. However, since I used to be one of those people (the one who cared what others thought), I guess I can’t say too much.
Who are we kidding. Of course I have something to say about this. Probably more than anyone wants to read, in fact.
So here goes nothing…
The fact of the matter is that hurtful words from friends and family can crush us, but when it comes to people we don’t know … or don’t know well … why do we care?
Opinions are exactly that. We don’t have to agree with them. We don’t have to own them. We don’t have to do more than let them go in one ear and immediately out the other – and then move on to something important.
When I see the comments sections of news articles on the internet, the ugliness that emanates from some of the readers, my jaw just drops. It makes me wonder how many closet bullies there are in the world, in my world.
Do I walk past them when I’m shopping? Stand behind them while waiting in line at the theater? Do I eat at the table next to them at a restaurant? Are the same people who seem friendly and personable face-to-face the ones who attack others whose opinions they disagree with – while hiding behind the anonymity of the internet?
And what about the ones who don’t hide when they exercise their bully muscles? The ones who feel like they can humiliate cashiers and waitpersons in front of God and the world? Or the obnoxious in crowd ridiculing the not so popular classmates?
What I wish I could I could tell the victims is similar to what Wil Wheaton told a young girl last year. I’ve always liked him, even when he played a bit of a snob on Eureka.
Yeah, Wil Wheaton! I agree 100%! We should never let others make us feel bad because we love something (or someone) they don’t.