When I saw this quote I knew I had to write about it. It seems like today’s society is unwilling to forgive those who step outside the boundaries. This happens to children when they are still very young and impressionable. Even at a very young, vulnerable, age adults in their lives, usually teachers, adult family friends, members of their church, etc. will berate them if they falter.
A child’s mistake can be anything from forgetting to put on socks, messing up the freshly cleaned family areas of the home, getting into a fight at school, or committing some type of crime. The child makes a mistake, deals with the consequences, and at this point life should go on, but it doesn’t.
The next time something goes wrong other children blame that child, because they know he/she will be an easy target. If they faltered once, the adults will believe they have done it again. The sad part is, when that repeatedly happens the child begins to feel they can do nothing right. If a child is continuously blamed for everything that goes wrong, then eventually they will learn that no matter how hard they try, it simply isn’t going to matter because everyone will blame them for anything that happens anyway.
When a child, teen, or adult realizes that no matter what they do they will never be able to dig themselves out of a hole in which they are continually assumed to be at fault, they will eventually give up trying. In addition to trying, they may begin to live up to the expectations of failure that are continuously being placed on them.
Now think about society. People have lost their compassion, their value of human life. Teens and adults become frustrated and take that frustration out by using guns to create mass murders. It isn’t the gun’s fault, and maybe it isn’t even the child/teens fault. It could be that society’s attitude has put that child/teen into a bad place, created someone that is unable to cope and feels like a failure.
Society needs to change. People need to learn how to show compassion and understanding, how to give forgiveness. People need to learn to accept those who are different, forgive those who falter, and move forward with a positive approach to everything. That is how we fix what has gone wrong within our society.