Here, take a well-deserved study break and appreciate the beauty and encouragement of some of the most attractive males I’ve ever seen.
Today, in one of my college classes, a woman who I look up to shared a story about how she was bullied in middle school. A boy told her, "You are too ugly to hug, and you look like a dog." I wondered what kind of a world promotes this kind of cruelty. I’m not just talking about bullying. Bullying is all too common among children, and has become a very popular topic. We are aware of and fight child bullying, but we ignore adult bullying. Often because it is passive and most times invisible, influenced by advertisements, movies, television, and other forms of media. We view on average 5,000 advertisements a day that portray an ideal man or woman. This ideal affects not only our perceptions of ourselves, but our perceptions of other people. The topic that I want to bring up is our own bullying of ourselves and others. As adults, this isn’t usually out in the open. We think it. We see a person walking down the halls and think, "They should have tried harder this morning." I am guilty of this, and I think if we are being honest, we all are. I believe that these criticisms are are born and bred in the media industry, which promotes impossible ideals. We are literally exposed to non-existent people, when we look at magazine covers and watch our favorite TV episodes. They are groomed, pampered, and photo-shopped to look like someone other than themselves. Rather than taking on a multi-billion dollar industry, however, I think we need to work on ourselves. We need to stop being so harsh on everyone around us. Just because our thoughts are kept to ourselves, does not mean that it doesn’t have an affect. These thoughts make us more critical of our own images and changes our treatments of others. What is my grand plan? It is not very grand at all, and I am not sure that the outcome will make a difference among millions, but it will make me feel better about myself and those around me. I pledge to compliment a person that I criticize. This will mainly be an invisible battle that no one will notice, but myself. However, in the long term, I hope that it leads to action. I hope that it will cause me to stand up for people when others make useless gossip about them. I hope that it will help me treat people better and cause me to be more content with myself. I just ask that you try to do the same. - Kelsea Pearson