Let me begin by saying I hate the word hate. Sure, hate exists and we can see it all over if we look for it, but I personally rather spend my precious time focusing on all the love that’s out there.
Yes, you’re welcome to call me a Pollyanna. I’ll take that any day over a “hater.”
I came across something this week that made me decide to speak about this subject.
Maysoon Zayid is a talented actress and comedian, who happens to have cerebral palsy. She has a funny, light-hearted, yet incredibly insight view of living life with a disability. You see this come across in her interview with Marie Forleo. Maysoon’s TED talk, “I got 99 problems, palsy is just one of them,” is also a must watch.
Last week the Huff Post did an article and interview with Maysoon about the hateful comments she received after appearing on national TV.
I have to say it still amazes me that people take the time – their precious life time and energy – to spend on exhibiting hate. My initial reaction and yes, it’s a snarky one, but my honest reaction is, “Really? You don’t have anything better to do with your time??”
Then after this reaction, I pause and try to reflect…and remember the ONLY answer I have found for hate. To me, hate boils down to a lack of self-love. If the “hater” was truly happy with himself, would he ever want to strike out against one’s difference?
Once I remind myself of this, I can then begin to feel compassion for the person struggling so to accept differences, which is ultimately the expression of people with disabilities.
So I’m curious…..what’s your take on cyber-bullying and how do you counter it? Share your wisdom below.
Post Script: After I wrote this post, I watched last week’s TED talk from Monica Lewinsky on “The Price of Shame”. If you watch the entire talk, you’ll find she has great insights and perspectives on the effect of cyber-bullying.