I was at book club a few months ago. We were discussing the book, and something in the discussion made my friend P say the following:
Back in the 60’s, I thought it was great that I heckled the soldiers returning from Vietnam. After all, we were protesting a war. Calling them killers, calling them even worse names- it’s what we did. It was very on trend.
Now, looking back I am mortified with how I treated those people- people who were my age, perhaps younger. I was a horrible human being who thought she was justified because I felt my cause was so great I could mistreat others.
I am ashamed of my actions back then.
We live in a world where people take their causes very seriously.
We live in a world where anyone can state their opinion on social media.
We live in a world where people can, and do, openly mock those they feel oppose their particular point of view.
We live in a world where everyone thinks they are right, and those who oppose them are wrong.
We live in a world where it is so easy to be mean to others.
Think about your own life and your own actions. Are you one day going to regret something that you did/said in the name of a cause? Because you thought you were so 150% right that there was no margin for error?
Before you open your mouth, before you poise your fingers over a keyboard, before you do anything, are you actively thinking out your actions?
Or are you just reacting to something?
Do you understand all the sides of an issue before you do anything?
Or do you jump on a cause du jour?
Maybe others will forget how you treated them- but will you forget how you treated others?