Click here to watch a short but very powerful video. http://www.values.com/inspirational-stories-tv-spots/72-Locker
There are those who fall into one of these scenarios depicted in the video. Are you the new guy who is having a hard time adjusting, the bullies who enjoy shaming someone, or the nice guy who has a heart and is bold enough and genuinely wants to reach out? Our language is powerful.
In my opinion, the term “loser” belongs in the bullying realm. Would you call your child a loser? How about a sullen guy sitting on a bench who looks a little disheveled? What a bum – what a loser! Only you don’t realize that that guy just got news that he is terminal and has 3 months to live – and he is so messed up because he can’t figure out how to tell his kids. Or, maybe he is a veteran who fought for his country, was saturated in combat gore and can’t cope well now with the PTSD that arose. Or maybe it’s a woman who was steeped in abuse most of her life and never found her way back home – to herself. I could give you a thousand possibilities and there would still be more, so how is it that the idea/judgement a lot of people have IS the right one anyway? And, in the end, who are we to judge? We are here to learn about Love.
When harsh words are spoken, it is like punching someone right in the face. If loser is not a harsh word, imagine telling your 8-year-old that every day for a year. I know what would happen.
If success and privilege create black and white thinking – somebodies and nobodies – then, how can that be defined as success? Check the copy for languaging and consider what is being promoted (or “liked”) in social media – are you supporting a world of demeaning, disempowering verbal punches that our kids will inherit, or one of compassion and understanding? I want my kids to live in a world where they are treated well. Because, you know….
There but for the grace of God, the Universve, Buddha,
Allah, Krishna, your shoe, (whatever), go I.
Please, check out the link above.