“Not everyone will have the heart you have. Not everyone will appreciate you and what you do for them. Sometimes it won’t be easy having a kind heart in a cruel world. Be prepared.” ― Tony A. Gaskins Jr.
Life Is Hard Enough As It Is, So Please, Be Kind To People.
It’s painful to see what this society has turned into.
There was once a time when the living was easier, and the people were warmer. At least, that is what I believe to be true. I haven’t had the opportunity to experience that different, old era. But, from what I’ve heard, those were the times.
Yes, the wars were cold and bloody, but people knew how to stick together. They knew what it’s important in life. They nurtured and respected values like honesty, solidarity, equality, integrity, and love.
I am not suggesting that those times were utopian. But, it was different.
Everyone was kinder, more open, more honest. The conversations were heartfelt, the love was genuine, the pain was real, the struggle was difﬁcult.
These people helped each other, they looked after each other. They shared their laughter, they shared their sadness, they were each other’s crying shoulder, they were unconditional support to one another.
That is why their bonds lasted. When something felt wrong, they searched for a way to ﬁx it. Not a shortcut to avoid it.
But, I can’t help but notice that what we have now is completely different.
There’s a vast divide between the social classes. There’s hate. There’s intolerance. There’s discrimination. Silent genocides. Loud oppression. Brutal racism.
All I see today is sorrow, poverty, misery, deception, inequity, lies and utter manipulation. Lady Justice is rolling in her grave. Somehow the culprit always ﬁnds a way to get away with its wrongdoings.
And the only people who ever suffer for its mischief are the righteous ones. The ones who wouldn’t even squash a bug. The ones who are honest, noble and maybe too damn pure.
I know it’s not fair, but life is a boxing rink and if you’re not cautious enough, you are going to end up cruelly beaten. Some are the stronger, and some struggle to survive.
So, don’t you think that it is up to us to make the change?
Life will always be hard. It’s an unpredictable ride. We won’t always be able to avoid the obstacles along the way. We won’t always be ready to face the truth. We won’t always be strong to overcome the pain.
But we need to understand that it is also up to us to make this life bearable.
It’s difﬁcult and challenging enough as it is… So, let’s stop being cruel to each other.
Let stop the hate, those stereotypes, the prejudice in our hearts, the discrimination, the torture, the unfair treatment, the envy…
Let us stop caring whether the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. Instead, let us focus on our own soil. Our own growth. Our own prosperity.
Let’s be kind to each other. Let’s not despise one another. Let’s not be envious of each other’s possessions. Let’s not impose our beliefs on others. Let’s not force others to adapt to our preferences or needs.
Let’s not tell people who they can or cannot marry. Let’s not convince people that emotions are a sign of weakness. Let’s not forbid things to people that keep them healthy or give them an eternal peace of mind.
Let’s not judge them by the color of their skin. Their religious belief. Their language. Their sex. Let’s not shame them for their choices. Let’s not be disrespectful.
Let’s not be savages.
Let us be kind to each other.
For kindness and solidarity will be our only salvation.
Life is too damn hard. It goes away quickly. Some of us are fragile, others are suffering, and there are some who are grieving.
So, please. Let’s stop this madness once and for all, and let’s be kind to each other.
We are all we have.