There’s no easy solution. But I think it starts with a personal acknowledgment of pain.
Making sweeping changes always starts with personal awareness. Once one person becomes aware of the damage that emotional abuse can inflict on another, it’s possible to pass this teaching on to others.
Dig deep. Really, truly think about whether shoving pain on to other people through shaming behavior–or other detrimental actions–has ever made the situation better.
When I think about it, I know that it hasn’t.
I know I won’t be as popular online if I don’t join in at making fun of the ones who are the subjects of public scorn.
But I’ll have something greater.
I’ll hold on to myself. I’ll develop my own way of thinking.
At the end of the day, that’s what the world needs most–individuals wrestling with life’s tough questions for themselves, free from the massive influence of public opinion.