Why do we avoid at all costs being criticized? Why do we put so much weight in other people’s opinion? We expect people to grow a “thick skin” so they can deal with our harsh comments? Why do we take in consideration other people’s rudeness? Social media created more room for people to expose their feelings, but those were already there. People bulling people. People being rude, mean and opinionated. Society puts people with strong opinions on a pedestal, food critics, bloggers, consumers, all sharing their point of view. Taking in consideration strangers’ opinions can be seen as helpful, because it takes away the responsibility of our own, but is does something even worse, it takes away our confidence. We start listening to people instead of our inner voice. We get hurt by peoples words, we give up because of people’s judgments. We create barriers like “thick skin” to avoid pain. The emphasis should be on stopping people to voice their opinions when they weren’t asked. People need to say less and listen more. Kindness should be on the pedestal instead. If we want to stop bullying in schools, we should first stop them between grownups. Why is it ok for a food critic to voice his rudeness in public through a newspaper article but not ok for our kids to voice theirs? Kids learn to judge other kids by watching adults doing on a daily basis. We should be proud to be kind, to put someone else’s feeling above our taste. There is no strength in having an opinion, nobody’s opinion is better than another. And if opinions must be given it should always be filtered with care, love, empathy, kindness and fairness. It’s a sad day when we must keep our comments closed to avoid humans from being their worst.
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