By KayLynn Stone, Blogger of the Month for April
Read any comments on any article about a controversial person or subject, and you are bound to see the gamut of personal beliefs and opinions, as well as those who show up just to troll.
I have learned for the most part to not read comments on Internet articles. Generally they either make me really angry or very sad. Today is no exception, really, except I read some comments. Controversial subject of the day: Bruce Jenner and his transgender status.
Honestly, I am a live and let live girl. One of the comments today was about how the commentator just could NOT and would not be accepting. Really? You don’t personally know Bruce, I’m pretty sure he is not sitting in his Malibu home thinking “Oh my God, if only Princessinternetuser01 would accept me and what I want, everything would be okay.” Honey, please, get over yourself. What makes you think how YOU live is the correct and proper way?
Then I read an op-ed piece that struck me so much I shared it on my Facebook page. The author’s point was plain and simple. To paraphrase: Okay, you don’t understand. You can’t wrap your head around it. GOOD. You’re not supposed to. What you are supposed to do is have empathy. That is the job of EVERY human. You’re not going to agree with everything, but when it all comes down to it, we are all humans with rights.
We’re never going to “get” every journey that someone else takes. Guess what? No one is going to understand every journey we take, either. We all need to be tolerant of each other. Before you judge one person’s decision to finally, authentically, live HIS life, remember that someone maybe looking at yours, thinking, “Ugh, she has it so wrong, and I can never support her because I don’t personally believe in her choices.”
Always keep two things in mind when you are judging someone. One, the first step off your high horse is a doozy, and two, you do not have all the answers. The best you can do is to remember we are ALL humans and treat each other as such. That is what will put the human back in humanity.
*disclaimer: Bruce Jenner has stated that he is still for now using the name Bruce and male pronouns. Until he states otherwise I have done the same.
KayLynn has been blogging off and on since 2005 over at KayLynn’s Reality. She blogs about life in general — the good, the bad, the silly, and the ugly. One thing she won’t blog about is work. Since she doesn’t aim to be a blogger raking in millions, she does aim to stay employed!