So I was just browsing Twitter, as I tend to do, and saw the story of Quaden Bayles, an Australian boy bullied at school for his dwarfism. It hit me hard, the sadness of it, the cruelty of it, a boy tormented over something he cannot control.
These days are cruel, cruel days.
And then there were the outpourings, the GoFundMe from an American comedian, the rugby team inviting him to lead them out. And there’s the good.
Of course it would be so much better if we didn’t need the good because the completely avoidable, preventable bad wasn’t there in the first place. But somehow, here in this point in history, depravity is having a moment.
Its origins can be traced back to two very, very specific points, or three, really, and the reality is that sometimes there are extraordinarily horrible, terrible people who bring out the absolute worst in others, all the way down to children thinking it’s fine to torture a classmate about his dwarfism until he wants to kill himself at the age of 9.
Of course those top-down ringleaders will never take responsibility, will never even acknowledge their downward flow of verbal sewage. So it’s up to us to create the good, where we can, for the most vulnerable among us.
Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.