It's strange how you see something that would usually be forgettable... but it sticks with you for one reason or another and you just can't seem to let it go.
Like a meme, for example.
Yesterday this popped on Facebook (I think?) and it's been stuck in my head ever since...
It's shockingly profound.
Some kids have to be abused at home only to end up going to school and getting abused there as well. Their life is unrelenting misery no matter where they are, and the idea that just having a friendly face at school so they have something to look forward to could very well be the difference between life and death.
Especially in a day and age where kids who are "built different" are facing an increase in persecution and hate trickling down from lawmakers.
And it's one of those things where you can't even appeal to people's compassion and empathy. You say "We've got to start creating a kinder world for these kids to exist in... they're literally killing themselves!" and, all too often, the response is "Good!"
Even when the kid in crisis is their own.
But hopefully there's enough kind-hearted parents out there to take this message to heart and do their best to raise children who will at least not make things any worse and (hopefully) makes things better by offsetting the horrific environment that some kids can't seem to escape.
The world will only get more cruel if they don't, and that won't work out well for anybody.