I know I’m not the one dealing with whatever you’ve experienced.
Still, it pains me to see people behaving wretchedly and treating others poorly. It frustrates me when such measures are taken out of cowardice when the perpetrator believes her/himself invulnerable.
I’m truly sorry for the worst of mankind’s abhorrent actions, but urge you to never allow them to darken your own mind or stifle your empathy. To allow disappointments in the decency of others to result in embittered resignation means not only your defeat, but also their triumph.
Have you read the popular quotation from J.K Rowling, “If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals”?
Well, I always had a problem with it, even though I love her works.
My problem was that those words seem to imply that people have inferiors
at all. It doesn’t specify, “those perceived by others to be inferior”. Admittedly, that would make the line a mouthful.
Anyway, I think we could say instead, “If you want to see the true measure of a man, give him a mask and watch how he behaves behind it.”
We are only as good as we act when we believe we are anonymous. If you can get away with anything, but you choose to do the right thing(s) instead of exploiting that opportunity for unchecked villainy, then you are an exceptional human being.
Thank you for your continued patience while humanity slowly plods toward transcendence of its flaws.
“In the end, only kindness matters.” – Jewel
[This post was inspired by reading this article about the terrible treatment of Zelda Williams.]