I’ve unintentionally dropped out of the 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion lately. I’m pleased to say it’s still alive and strong and has an event planned for the 20th of March.
The blogging event for this month is called ‘Building from Bullying’. Since 1000 Voices for Compassion is about compassion, we want to look at bullying from a positive viewpoint.
You may say, “OK, what’s positive about bullying?” On the one side there are those who help those who are bullied, those who stand up for them. And there are those all too rare individuals who refuse to join the mob and stand up for the down trodden. These are great topics you can blog about.
But we can carry it even farther. Why do some people bully? It is possible there are people who are truly “bad”, but often the bullies have their own issues. Is it possible that we can stop bullying by helping the bully? In today’s age of supposed zero tolerance, does talking about “compassion for the bully” make sense? These are possible topics you can explore.
And have you ever found yourself an unwitting bully? Have you ever said words or done things and later looked back and realized you were being hateful? Did somehow you become the bully? If so, write about it.
Or perhaps at one time you were an unapologetic bully. Go back and let us know what it looks like from the bully’s point of view and how you changed your ways.
Want to see this “call to action” from another point of view? Look at this post on Chronicallysickmother for a great definition.
My personal statment for #1000Speak has always been:
Empathy is the glue that holds society together and compassion is what makes a group of people a civilization. Without holding our hands out to our fellow humans we become savages. We are all in this together, in a closed system, so we must all help each other. How lonely life must be for those selfish people who don’t realize this simple truth! How lonely for anyone who doesn’t realize that all are our brothers and sisters! How lonely must the self-righteous be!
I invite you over to the 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion on their blog site and their Facebook Page. And I encourage you to visit the “linky” so you can see all of the wonderful posts that were put up about compassion on February 20.
– Note – If you want to participate in this month’s #1000Speak but want or need to write about another topic, remember that ‘Building from Bullying’ is the suggested topic for the month and is not mandatory. . Please feel free to participate in a way that is best for you.