“The worst thing you can call someone is crazy…it’s dismissive.”
We have become so afraid of what we don’t understand that we resort to insulting the unknown. We pride ourselves on being a generation that’s “accepting” when in reality we’re more divided than we’ve been in a long time. Five minutes on any news channel or two scrolls through your Facebook feed (if you haven’t deleted it already) will only confirm that.
So what’s the difference we can make? How do we break down actual walls that are segregating our country? Well we can start by listening. Not to respond but to understand.
We crave truth and we crave love, but we’ve completely abused the concept of truth in love. We try to correct people by voicing our opinions in the way we want to be heard rather than in such a way that the people we’re talking to will listen. Correct with compliments, encouragement and hugs.
People who are different aren’t crazy, people who battle mental health struggles aren’t weird, people who think differently aren’t weak. Take the time today to listen to someone, and then compliment them. Dave Chappelle not only described Hollywood, but the world. We live in a sick environment, but the beautiful news is we have the Gospel, the only hope!