September 30, 2013Meliorism, (n.) The belief that the world gets better; the belief that humans can improve the world.
Less than a month ago we had our Breaking Down the Walls assembly and just last week STOP met in Mr. Buck's room for the first time this year. However, with the efforts put forth to encourage students to try and understand each other, we have left out one very important message: Don't bully. Now I know it's not easy to simply just stop bullying, by nature we all do it, all I'm saying is that it is something we should do less if not at all.
I don't know what exactly causes someone to bully people, but the words and actions we say can seriously affect another person.
I was bullied a lot over the last few years but I'm not here to talk about my personal experience. I'm writing this column about this topic because there is someone out there who needs to hear that there is meliorism. Someone who may be discouraged and totally pessimistic about something going on and I just want them to know that there is hope.
While we don't advocate peace as often as we should, it is still an expression that many of us should turn to as opposed to a more harmful form. Parents should be teaching less about "tough skin" and more about how we're all fragile creatures.
To put it in a more vernacular way, parents should not be teaching how to load the gun but how to be careful with the trigger.
We're already armed with more than enough ammunition as we grow older and sometimes are careless and let the bullets of our words ricochet all around us. Instead we should just use this ammunition in another form that doesn't harm us or those around us.
I know first hand how hard it is to sometimes watch your words, I'm pretty much an open book on the restricted end of the library, but taking a step back there are so many phrases in life I could have gone without.
This is my challenge for you this year, Jags. Be kinder with your words. As hard as it is to do, think before you talk, and remember that while we may hide behind a mask, we're all glass figure that could shatter at a breaking point.
I'd like to dedicate this column to Micah DeAnda, you're beautiful sweetie, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.