It is but a fact that every human ever has walked down a school hallway, cowering in the shadows, hoping to not be seen, sometime or the other. pretty sad, yes? Depressing, yet true at some level. Despite having been there at some point of time, we move out of that “phase” and then eventually become the reason why it happens. From victim to bully. And the vicious cycle goes on.
We almost never realise that we are bullying or hurting someone when we are. Verbal wounds inflicted repeatedly on one can take a long time to heal. Listen to Max Erhmann when he says:
“You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.”
Surprise surprise, he’s right! After all, what possible pleasure could be greater than that attained when you make someone else’s life better, rather than miserable? And you know you’re winning when you’re standing up for yourself, and eventually, for others.
Everyone belongs, so let them be.