Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Crumbs, or (In)consequential Trifles (1)
What do you want first, good news or bad news?
Some statements/headlines in the press or online are so stupid, outlandish, silly, ridiculous, horrifying, that they deserve no comment at all. Or no more than a sharp snort, a fruity snicker or a disgusted harrumph.
British confirmed as world’s sexiest accent. Guardian online. (Since when is ‘British' a language?)
Nine is a perfectly good age for girls to consider marriage. Islamic State All-Female Militia Manifesto.
Female martyrs to the cause are rewarded with the freedom to choose their favourite husband and to stay with him for all eternity. Ditto. (Lucky ladies.)
Finland is to remove cursive writing from its education programme and replace it
with lessons in keyboard typing. IceNews (What next, no maths, just calculators?)
But then I came across this:
German teen’s simple anti-bullying message goes viral
No all-singing-all-dancing-fancy-tech-firewoks, just bits of paper with handwritten lines held up, coming from the heart.
People! Nobody is worth less than anyone else just because he or she:
Has a handicap /
May not have much money /
May not be very smart /
May not have the best figure /
Is gay, lesbian or bisexual /
Has a different skin color /
Has a different religion /
Comes from a different country/
Victims of bullying often feel lonesome and left alone. They hurt their bodies because they think they are different. They have thoughts about suicide!
How would – you – feel about that?
Only TOGETHER can we CHANGE things! =)
The boy meant to address his peer group but his message goes for all of us. Just because somebody is different doesn’t make them a justified target for ridicule, hatred, bullying. Will we ever learn this simple truth?