Every time we sit back watching, and not taking action when someone does something wrong, we are condoning that behaviour. This is not the time to watch, it is the time to stand up.
Stand up for yourself when someone is belittling you. When someone tries to inflict harm on you either physically or verbally you must stand up. This does not mean putting yourself in harms way, it means gathering the strength to walk away or not engage. You are important and loved. You deserve nothing less than to be treated with dignity, respect and love.
Likewise, when we see wrong being done to another human being we must stand up and take action. We cannot let bullies win, we must always stand up. If everyone stood up, every time, then the bullies would eventually learn that this behaviour is not going to be accepted, not just by the person but by society. If no one is going to stand by and see someone bullied, hurt or taken advantage of then these acts would stop. Why? Because the person / people would never be allowed to get away with it and they would know it.
If peer pressure pulls you in and wants you to ridicule or belittle someone because of their race, gender or political association, walk away. Don’t retweet, repost or forward the emails containing hurtful or belittling messages. True friends would not require this of you. It is okay to say ‘hey, that’s not right’. Your friends, if true, will love you anyway. If they don’t perhaps they are truly not a friend.
We are a global community – a family. We wouldn’t want anyone to hurt a member of our own family, so if we thought of every person as part of our family, spiritually then we would, and should, defend them.
Humanity bands together amid major events such as floods, fires, earth quakes, and mass shootings. Bullying is a worldwide issue that requires worldwide action by us all. Let’s act with love, do no harm and when we see something wrong … stand up.