In the quiet of the night,
silence of my heart,
hiding several storms,
with the shattered peace,
and the lost voice,
looking with my wondering eyes,
Grieving with my hurting soul..
Compassion, empathy, human connections are the jewels of authentic relations and the true essence of the human experience — which give meaning to our lives. Unfortunately in the growing digital culture, though we are more socially connected than ever, we are more isolated too, than ever. Human vulnerability is at stake today.
We are living in a culture of shame, blame, fear, and disconnection. People take not a moment to dishonour someone, and pushing him to suffer extreme depression and finally into complete isolation. Public shaming/online shaming can have the worst consequences.
Shame is universal and it triggers us all in different ways and forms. We all have our moments of imperfections but people forget it while targeting someone online and it’s done with much cruelty, forgetting all the limits of humanity.. falling too low in dishonouring someone. And it’s seriously alarming. Yes, they have right to freedom of speech or expression but that must be done with responsibility and demands sensitivity too, towards other person’s sentiments, integrity and self respect.
This is the high time when we need to practice more compassion — to cultivate an inclusive culture. Empathy opens us up to share our stories of imperfections with others without fear of judgement and blame. We need to be human in order to be called a human. Are we willing to see and listen with our heart? Can we have eyes that can understand and see beyond the apparent? Can we walk a mile in someone else’s shoes who is blamed and ashamed? Because we have no idea what he goes through.