I just read this article an about an 18 year-old girl who designed and wore her own prom dress. The dress was inspired by her response to being bullied for standing up for herself as an artist.
What she said struck me:
“As an artist I have a completely different point of view compared to most individuals. I am extremely analytical and observant. Throughout the world, we have people who do not notice each others essence and humanity. We stunt our collective spiritual growth by allowing assumptions and stereotypes to cloud our mind and thus our physical reality. We let these negative ideas get the best of us, and in turn a world of isolation is manifested by our lack of sensitivity and desire to sympathize with each other. This results in a world in which people live within the confines of their own space, isolated from each other and separated from the rest of the world. Sometimes we get trapped in our own prejudice ways. We don’t notice how the idea of a particular type of person changes the way we live our lives.”
Pure wisdom, as far as I’m concerned.
As scared as we are, and as much as we have the instinct to judge, let us see the true essence in one another.