This past week I read something over at the Well Read Hostess that got me thinking. She talked about the “wonders” of technology. I can Skype my brother-in-law who lives in Amsterdam. I can download and share my wide array of music. OR I can take a picture of a perfect stranger and post it to the Internet for the sheer pleasure of belittling said person.
I’ve been thinking about that (the poor belittled woman whose image is being blasted over the interwebs unbeknownst to her) over the past few days and the more I think about it, the more it sickens me. I’ve been reading things too lately. Personal observations made by others. How quickly we are to judge.
Tall woman with big breasts, low cut shirt. “Look at that slut.”
Thin woman with skinny arms working out. “She must be anorexic.”
Overweight woman at the beach. “Lazy slob.”
When did we become a society of people that tears one another down rather than build each other up? Think about the one thing you don’t like about yourself. Say you think your nose is too big. Imagine every person who saw you made fun of you for it. Not liking you because of it. Inflating your insecurities. Not a great feeling, right? AND THAT is what we are doing each and every time we judge someone without knowing them.
I’ve got a small chest and wide hips (good breeding hips, my mom said). I’ve certainly been judged on my appearance and for my “flaws” although I certainly don’t see them that way. They are what make me me and I embrace them. I think if we spent more time embracing our own flaws maybe we wouldn’t spend so much time pointing out other people’s, which in fact aren’t flaws at all. There is no such thing as perfection. There is just you, me and everyone else. All unique and wonderful in our own ways.
Would the world be such a bad place if we were a little nicer to each other? I think back to my first Thirty at 30 post. I need to start working more random acts of kindness into my life. To counteract all the negativity. I’m going to need more post-it notes.
I’m stepping off my soap box and heading back into my kitchen. I just write a food blog. What do I know?
I leave you with this:
Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt