On ‘being a good person’.

Of all the things he hasn’t accomplished in his presidency, Donald Trump has most definitely been successful in emboldening hatred, bigotry and misogyny around the world. In my mind, he is the prime and shining example of school-yard bullying at the highest powers of society and the fact that he’s so well known has, in some way, given a voice hatred spewers world-wide.

If you like Donald Trump and you think he’s a good president, that’s your opinion and you’re allowed to believe that. I don’t like him. I don’t like what he stands for. I don’t like what he represents, and most of all, I really don’t like that he’s made it acceptable in 2019 to be a horrible person and have it be socially acceptable.

I don’t want to go backwards. I don’t.

The world that my mom and dad grew up in, the world that my grandparents grew up in, it had a lot of problems. There were a lot of things going on that I thought we’d already passed and left behind us. I’m not saying we don’t have our own problems now, I’m just saying that we shouldn’t be revisiting the past.

Hate is not okay. Bullying is not okay. Bigotry is not okay. Misogyny is not okay. Sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, all not okay.

I know that it was naive of me to assume to, but I liked to think that all children in this world are raised with manners, and taught tolerance, acceptance and respect. Sadly, 2019 has been teaching me that that is really not the case.

The thing is, no one is born evil. No one is born to hate. That’s why I think it’s so important to teach people when they’re children. Trying to teach adults is a whole different ball game. That being said, it saddens me that so many people in this world are raised being taught to hate and bully.

I consider myself to be a good person. Or at least I try to be. I’m nice to everyone I meet, I use my manners – hold open doors, etc… I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinions, whether their opinions agree with mine or not. I just wish that everyone would try to do the same, to be the same.

What do you get out of bullying someone? Honestly. What do you get out of treating someone as though they’re less than you? Does it make one happy? I can’t imagine that it makes someone fulfilled. Donald Trump (sorry to use him as an example again, but really) doesn’t seem all that happy, or fulfilled. And, considering I question whether or not he actually has any money, he doesn’t seem like he has much of anything beyond a lot of hatred.

I just want to encourage everyone to be nice. Just be nice. Treat your friends well, treat strangers with kindness. Have hope for the people you don’t know and have understanding for the people you do know. Try to understand the human condition and that we all have good and we all suffer from time to time – some a lot worse than others. Just because we don’t know what someone is going through doesn’t mean that we cannot help.

Kindness is so important. Manners cost nothing. Be a good person. Please.

Of all the legacies you can leave in this world, please try to be a good person. That might be the most important of all.

14 thoughts on “On ‘being a good person’.

    1. I kind of agree with you. As much as I hate branding someone as hateful, I don’t see how you’re an open/honest/good person if you’re in support of something/someone so heinous. Ya know?

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      1. Exactly my point. And ignorance is no excuse as the information is out there. Powerful bad people like Trump legitimize people’s inner bigotry

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  1. Seeing alt-right groups on Twitter and Reddit trying their hardest to tear down minorities and women depresses me. I try to treat everyone I meet with respect and kindness. We never know what people are going through in their daily lives.

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    1. Right? It’s so sad to witness. I just wish everyone acted like you and treated everyone with respect. It’s so easy. You don’t have to agree, jus the nice. Ugh- it frustrates me when I see so much hatred

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  2. Donald Trump may be the most horrible human being on the planet today. He’s like a deadly, contagious disease or an alien body-snatcher in human form–spend too much time around him, and you’ll catch the plague or turn into his clone.

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  3. We are most definitely regressing. There always were bullies and people with hatred in their hearts. Trump and Brexit has legitimised them. It’s let them know that they are the majority. I personally don’t want to believe that’s true. But evidence is not on my side.

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  4. I don’t think we are back-sliding; however, Trump wants his followers to believe that is what will happen. More than half the country is non-white and you couldn’t get back to a state-backed racism without a bloodbath. And, the problem with a bloodbath is you really don’t know how it will end…

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    1. Right? Like he actually seems as though he is genuinely just incredibly miserable about his life.

      For a man that brags as much as he does about what he has, he definitely doesn’t seem happy.

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