Being a Light in Today’s World - (Starting With Black Friday!)
By guest blogger, Pat Guest
Respect and common decency seem to be disappearing traits and behaviors in today’s society. I mostly recognize it in my current generation and it saddens me. Today, we see things like the “Knockout Game” in our nightly news. For those unfamiliar with this despicable trend, it’s where a group of teens target any random individual on the street and attempt to knock them out with one hard swing, also known as a sucker punch, because it’s usually from behind. It can be infuriating to watch the news at times. You may be thinking, what happened to common decency and respect for others? Chivalry is not dead…but the world is decaying.
Luckily, we have an opportunity to be a light.
Simply respecting others can have a positive impact on somebody’s day. Today, Black Friday, is the perfect opportunity to not only take a look around and see how people treat one another, but to stand out in the crowd. I always try to keep in mind that the person walking past me is dealing with their own personal struggles…struggles that are not apparent in just a few moments of interaction. That being said, some people’s struggles are sometimes more visible than others due to illness or a tragic accident that has left disfiguring results. It’s important to respect others because when it comes down to it, who are we to judge somebody else? Personally, I have plenty wrong with me and that’s enough to worry about. It’s saddening when I’m in a public place and notice some young teens making fun of someone who happens to be disabled, ill or simply different. If you are disabled or ill, you may very well know what it is like to be misunderstood, made fun of, or ridiculed. It’s a hurt that goes deep and can make you feel isolated, no matter how many people are around you.