Society today can be pretty sad....and a tough place to be if you're trying to "rise above" the standard. Somehow (even though I feel like there is are a ton of "love everyone/peace" activists around) it seems like our culture has slipped into tearing people down as a norm. Since when did we decide we were monkeys? (FYI - if you're not sure what I'm talking about check out THIS experiment)
What I have a really hard time understanding is WHY? There is no personal gain in tearing someone else down, or criticizing their endeavors. I am obviously not talking about constructive criticism or even well-meant cautions, but rather about striking out at what someone else is doing for the sole purpose of causing pain or "knocking them down a peg".
It seems like society should have advanced past this low behavior (please refer back to the monkey experiment).....we have had plenty of advice against it over the years:
"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone" -John 8:7 (Jesus)
"People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones"
C'mon guys, just don't do it! Now, I'm not the "let's just all get along and love everyone and then everyone can live in sunshine and rainbows" kinda gal (not that I'm opposed to this idea, I just know it's not completely realistic) but I do think we as a culture should work on it.
Why do we "throw stones"? What is the purpose? When did we decide that keeping someone else knocked down so we didn't feel so bad about our own state was better than trying to help raise each other up?!
We live in a hyper-connected society, where everyone can see what everyone else is doing, literally 24/7. It's weird. And it's a relatively new thing for humans...and I'm hoping we are just dealing with some growing pains as far as how we deal with how easy it is to see everyone's dirty laundry.
People who don't even know you are just waiting to see you mess up.....
Tell me that's not disturbing.
The thing I've noticed, though, is that the stones never seem to come from ABOVE
The attacks are, almost 100% of the time, from below. People trying to keep you down.
Really this whole post is just to say - please be aware. Culture is leading us to be attackers, to pull people down and discourage. STOP! "We rise by lifting others" - Robert Ingersoll.
Let's try to be better, as a society. I don't care if you're a Christian, Muslim, Atheist, or whatever the heck else there is to be, this is not a religious behavior....it SHOULD be a human moral. Let's reintroduce our culture to encouragement......it certainly isn't going to hurt anything to try.
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