Let People Be

​It’s one thing to disagree with an opinion. It’s another thing to verbalize or express disgust or hatred towards someone’s choices.

If a person is not hurting someone, whether psychologically or physically, then let people be who they are. Don’t shame people for dressing the way they do, or speaking the way they do,  or loving who they may.

It’s one thing to joke and make fun of a person or situation or a thing, but there are some jokes that go too far. For instance, jokes about rape  are never okay. Jokes about strangers shouldn’t really be made public. When we joke about, or with, friends or family,  we have a relationship that forms the basis of an understanding between what we really believe and think versus a joke. When that relationship is not there or is inadequate, a joke can be perceived as a true thought or feeling and become a toxic parasite either within the relationship or within the mind of the person who was the butt of the joke.

While you may never say that listening to rap music is bad, you can definitely express that by the faces that you make or the comments that you make.

While you may never say that being LGBT+ is bad, you can definitely express that through your facial expressions, through your lack of empathy, through your lack of desire to see them as equal, through your refusal to call them by their given name, or by trying to ignore that aspect about them.

While you may never say that a person who refuses to chase financial success or economic success is stupid, you do convey that by saying little things like there’s a million fish in the sea, or by telling them to focus on something tangible, or telling them their ideas wont make money, or asking them how they intend to pay the bills.

Let people be who they are. There are over 7 billion people on earth, there is no reason for us to be the same.

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