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Have a Heart?
The other day my best friend was laughing at an elderly man that was walking somewhat differently. His amuse at someone else's troubles made me quite angry so I laughed at something he was embarrassed of and he got angry with me, quite hypocritical right? What would you do? Be honest. Do you ever think what you might feel like if the same thing happened to you?
I don't think I would have turned and been mean to my friend, but I definitely would have very quickly and firmly corrected his behavior and been very clear about our friendship ending if he continued to act like that in my presence. (Or if he acted like that at other times and I heard about it!)
I have a soft spot for elderly people and the 'outcasts' of society. They already deal with enough crap, they don't need to get it from insensitive, insecure and downright mean people, too. It makes me angry when I see people snickering at or mocking others and it needs to be corrected-- but not in a hypocritical manner.
Very true, Game Flex. Many times we laugh at other's situations and conditions but when it happens to us, reality wakes us up to what is true in our being, that we see the faults of others, yet we fail to see our own faults.
Yes, our mind in our pride and ego can often times make us selfish or heartless, the same way that we fail to recognize that in each one of us, is a talent or a bag of talents waiting to be shared with others, that from our heart may come love, understanding as we may empathize, kindness, compassion as we may sympathize with another, and forgiveness as God has always been forgiving to us in all our inequities, that in all these we may see us blessed in more ways than one, and find more peace and joy living in harmony with others, and as we KJOH or keep Jesus in our hearts.
I know how the feeling when you see this situation.
What you are doing is to allow him to feel the same way as you did. Maybe there is a better way to approach him to let him know that it is not right to amuse himself at someone's misfortune.
Have a talk with him since he is your best friend and I do believe that he will understand your feeling towards what he had done.
I personally don't make fun of others or their shortcomings and think that anyone that does is totally amateur, ignorant and a complete ass. It's rude, inconsiderate and totally inappropriate for anyone at any age. It all boils down to people forgetting about the Golden Rule." Do unto others as you would have them do onto you".
That is sad! Some people can be very cruel. We should always imagine if that other person were us. If that was him he wouldn't want someone else laughing at him. We should do unto others as we would have them do unto us! If everyone wouuld follow that simple rule the world would be such a better place!
I would have just told him to stop and think about what he is doing and if it were him would he want to be laughed at. It's funny til it's you!
I find it unnecessary to make fun of those less fortunate. It irritates me to no end when I hear other people do it.
I think you did right by putting your friend in the older man's position. Even though he is angry, Its a lesson he won't soon forget.
I believe that people who are insecure within themselves are usually the first to point out the imperfections in others.
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