Building not bullying

Recently, in school, I noticed a couple of kids picking on a classmate because of his Jewish faith. The situation was magnified by the season we were in — Christmas. I felt really bad observing that criticism and mockery based on different beliefs, religions, and holiday celebrations. Christ has never taught us that we should make fun of others for their different beliefs, especially in school, where we spend six hours of our day, five days a week. We all yearn for a safe, friendly, and supporting environment despite our different beliefs, practices, cultures, and preferences. We should focus on much that is common among us and build each other, rather than bully each other. Let’s commit ourselves to standing up for those being teased about anything, not just their beliefs. We can greatly influence their lives, raise their confidence, and help them feel loved and accepted. We shouldn’t stand by while a fellow Child of God is put down. We are all children of God, no matter what we believe or what we have done. We are in this together, and we are expected to stand for each other, even when it’s not popular or cool to do so. Gordon B Hinckley put it well, “It is better to be right and alone than to be eternally wrong.” Small acts of kindness can really go a long way.

2 Responses to “Building not bullying”

  1. I totally agree that we shouldn’t bully some people think it doesn’t hurt but it does hurt very much!

  2. Aidan says:

    Love this, Eric! Many people including me see bullies at school, but don’t let them do what they’ve done to many people. Building others can also build yourself!

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