Two thoughts went through my mind at that moment. The first was mean people suck. The second was the reaction of the young boy. Was his complete void of any reaction to her ugliness a sign that he had to put up with that kind of behavior quite often so he is just numb to it? If so, how sad.
Before I continue, let me say what some of you are thinking. I know there is much good in our world…much more good than bad on most days. I know the examples of kindness, thoughtfulness and compassion are in abundance, but today I’m just sick of the meanness.
I posted this quote from Buddha recently on my LimitlessLessons Facebook page...
I've been watching a lot of meanness go on among young people in our social media world and it breaks my heart. Sadly, the meanness of adults on social media and even in the real world is even worse. I'm appalled. When did we become a society where no one is allowed to have a differing opinion...where political and religious preferences are more important than life-long friendships..where because we are behind a computer, we feel we have the right to say anything we wish, no matter how cruel or untrue.
I was reading an article recently about Kim Kardashian (she stars in a reality show) and the pressure she is feeling from the media and public regarding all her pregnancy weight. What I found most interesting, was not the article itself, but the comments the public wrote at the end. The cruelty, nastiness, and malice for which some people wrote about her and her weight was something I have never seen. Most of you are saying who cares about Kim Kardashian or maybe you don't even know who she is. Or you are saying she thrives on all the attention, positive or negative, because that's her only claim to fame. You are saying she signed up for this by being on a reality show and being a celebrity...you have to take the good with the bad.
You know what I say...
No human being deserves to be treated with that kind of contempt...NO ONE.
I chose this example on purpose because, although most of us really don't know her or care about her pregnancy weight, our young people do. They are reading this and not only seeing how cruel people can be, but young girls are taking in some potentially harmful ideas about pregnancy, gaining weight and the world's judgment of anyone who struggles with their weight or does not have the ideal size 2 body. But, even worse are the articles I have read on politics, religion, or even sports! The callousness of how we treat people who do not share our same beliefs or meet our expectations or even make a mistake is something some of us should take a harder look at.
I'm not perfect and I have certainly had mean moments in my life, but I hope to never be that woman in McDonalds. To her I say...was the napkin really as important as a young boy's self respect? Shame on you.