I´ve heard about Matthew Sheppard and Westboro Baptist Church. But those things don´t only happen in the states but anywhere in this world, and it seems to get worse. I´m ashamed of mankind. One should have imagined that after gay people were killed in Nazi concentration camps people would have learned something.
It pains me that people who never did any harm to anybody and who just want to live their lives in peace and quiet get hurt by self-appointed and intolerant moralists. There´s no answer to that, only tears.:'(
Yes, it is indeed all very sad. We – allegedly – live in a tolerant society, but I fail to spot said tolerance, no matter where I look. There is this ubiquitous lack of respect that makes me despair! It is termed bullying and mobbing nowadays. And in its worst form it will lead to tragedies like those mentioned above. What is society coming to, I wonder? Life nowadays is so fast-paced that we can´t seem to find the time to “stop and stare”, we don´t take a moment to pause and take in the world around us. People use earphones whilst sitting on the bus, they play games on their mobile phones – shutting out the world around them. Text messages replace the human voice. Eye contact is usually avoided. This sort of behaviour is bound to build barriers between individuals, at the same time creating suspicion and wariness. Differences are emphasised, rather than similarities. This element of the unknown creeps in, and the unknown is likely to arouse more suspicion and wariness. And, of course, there may be no time (or interest) to find out more about those differences, it may be easier to just take a stand against them. Ignorance makes a formidable fiend. I reckon that perpetrators of such horrid crimes have never spoken to members of society they consider to be “other” to see for themselves that they are just “like everyone else” (very unfortunate wording I am afraid, why should they NOT be like everyone else, but I cannot think of a more appropriate phrase). What gives anyone the right to disrespect another person for being different? Megalomania? Taking oneself as the standard, the measure of all things? Is that a result of said self-inflicted isolation, do people lose the ability to put things into perspective?
Well, I don´t know, the whole situation just depresses me deeply sometimes… it is so unfair and I hate to see my friend getting hurt by ignorant so-and-soes :'( (forgive my babbling...)