This is a homeless guy who lives on a bridge in Dublin City. Last week his rabbit was grabbed from him and thrown into the river below.. the River Liffey. Which is one of the most horrible rivers in Ireland. The currents are really strong and it’s filthy.. Anyway, as soon as the rabbit hit the water this guy was already hurdling off the bridge and towards the freezing river to save her. After hitting the water and successfully locating her, he proceeding to pump air back into her, making her regain consciousness and basically come back to life. I was talking to him today along with another woman and she asked “Why in the name of God did you jump into the water? Did you not think about it?!” and straight away he replied with “No. I didn’t stop to think. I just jumped. It was an instinct.. I needed to save her.”
I’ve recently decided something. As crazy as it sounds, I do believe there is something more painful to an assault survivor than the actual assault.
It is the family and friends that turn their backs on you. It is the victim-blamers, the slut-shamers. It’s those who…
Everywhere online I see posts and videos about “payback” where a racist gets a punch in the face, or any kind of “asshole” getting what is coming to them. Partially I am happy because someone is willing to stand up for what is right but…
One of my greatest wishes would be that every hateful and bitter person on this planet, during the most excruciating time of their life, in a time of real need, would be helped by the very person or “kind” they hate the most.
Instead of trying to fight evil with evil, stop seeing every person as pure evil and show them the goodness in yourself. Love, forgiveness, kindness and mercy over revenge disguised as justice.
I believe most “racists” are just misguided people, often with one or many bad experiences in their luggage. If you meet them with the same hatred and intolerance they display, their aversion is just going to grow stronger, and this is the time for you to make the choice between letting your anger out and get your sense of “justice” or showing why they are wrong by being a good example. They might not turn around and become a new person that very day, but every act of kindness is a seed with the potential of sprouting just like every act of spite is one.
Not only for racists, but for all kinds of hateful people out there.
Before you act, think about what kind of fruit you want yourself and the rest of the world to harvest in the future.
Hate escalates just as love does. For someone who is living inside brick walls, be a window with a lovely view they never saw before, not an ugly reflection in a mirror.
Believe in yourself
I am not offended as a woman when a man treats a woman unfairly,
I am offended as a humanbeing that another humanbeing would hurt another humanbeing.
I am not ashamed as a white person when another white person treats a person of a different race unfairly.
I am ashamed as a humanbeing that another humanbeing would hurt another humanbeing.
That is the only way I am colorblind.
The strength of a man’s character can be determined not by how he treats his equals, but his inferiors.
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