Opinion: We're taught to be individuals, but judge others for their differences

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As children, most of us are taught to accept others and to understand we all live different lives. Year by year, we experience different aspects of life, whether it be playing at recess or cheering at a football game. We grow up surrounded by diversity and contrasting opinions, yet our primary concern is the judgement of others. We live in constant worry of other’s opinions, and are constantly judging those around us. So, why do we care so much about others’ lives when it has nothing to do with our own?

“Most people are attracted to negative energy and find pleasure in creating drama amongst others. It’s similar to how a video of someone falling off their bicycle would seem humorous to most people. Humans find it fun to see and create trouble among other people.” said senior Jake Strange.

Being so moral and emotional, none of us are capable of observing others’ actions without reacting. We can’t help caring about other’s lives. It’s human nature to believe someone is wrong, if their actions are different. We are all taught to be individuals, but can’t stand the fact that people have different lifestyles.

It’s disturbing that we don’t take the time to understand one another, instead we look at others’ differences and quickly judge. “Most people fear what they don’t understand, such as problems that are not their own, so we collectively make a joke out of it because it’s easier rather than try to see it from someone else’s point of view” said junior Dakota Rowsey.

That is exactly our problem. We don’t take the time to understand. With that being said, stress and bullying take place. The worry overpowers all other thoughts.

Instead of judging and forming an opinion so quickly, take the time to know your peers and understand their background. If we focused a little less on judgement, the school environment would be a more accepting place for students.

By Nora Sullivan