Today was the third annual "Wear Purple for Spirit Day" where lots of people will go purple in support of LGBT youth and speak out against the bullying they must endure.
I have exactly one item of purple clothing which I save for this day... an old Hard Rock Cafe T-shirt from Maui that I bought in the late 80's (back then, I guess purple was an acceptable fashion choice). I wear it on Spirit Day each year to remind me of the horrors that kids have to go through just for being themselves...
Of course I am against bullying of any kind, because there are an awful lot of kids who aren't gay that still get ruthlessly persecuted day in and day out just for being different. I have no idea why we humans have evolved into creatures that feel better about themselves by making others feel worse, but it's something we need to overcome.
In the meanwhile, I guess we wear purple in the hope that one day we won't have to.
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Or we wear purple in the hope that one day everyone will. I think that comes first.
You know, it’s crazy. I was watching a workshop on finances this week and the more he said (paraphrased), “If you’re doing X, you’ve already lost,” and “If you don’t do Y (and you’re sorely underpaid because of it), you DESERVE it.” Made me feel physically ill at times. That’s not language that makes me feel empowered to try his approaches. It made me feel like a loser who deserves to be one.
I reckon that was bullying no matter how much it wasn’t intended that way. I’m sure he meant to goad people to action by saying that over and over, but I’m still trying to shake it off so I can implement some of his useful steps.