Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.
Individuality is imperative. Understanding who you are and trying your best to define your purpose for being here, lies at the core of every human existence.
Ignorance and lack of proper parenting give way to raising bullies (who are really people who are in their own pain and are attempting to inflict pain on others in order to bring the other down to their level so that they might feel normal rather than looking at someone who is in a higher or more elevated state of existence and feeling jealous that they can be happy, even when the bully is not).
I think everybody finds themselves getting bullied at some point in life. The trick is to see what is happening for what it really is, and be prepared for consequences in as many ways as we might.
We are taught to talk our way out of circumstances with bullies, or to run away. But sometimes, these are not options and people need to be prepared to confront physical violence from bullies. That is why The Illusion Factory produced a multi award-winning DVD called Bully 911 to teach people what to do in the event they were about to face physical harm.
I first became exposed to Harvey Fierstein in a play that he wrote and performed in, called Torch Song Trilogy. It came out in 1982, and it was one of my first exposures to listening to the plight of an individual trying to cope with society’s antagonism of homosexuals.
His words in that performance changed the way that I viewed homosexuals from that day forward. He was able to connect with me as an audience to help me understand how trapped he felt in his place in life. His determination to go public with these feelings in this very bold play was not lost on me.
His willingness to use his vulnerability in order to elevate societal consciousness was brave beyond words at that point in time. It gave way to many additional artists who became vocal on the topic, but when Harvey did this play, it was revolutionary.
America is trying its best not to buckle under the weight of prejudice and unfounded anger. I believe it is only through really understanding the other party that we as individuals can hope to achieve neutral stasis amongst one another.
Here is my hopes that 2021 ushers in yet another wave of collective consciousness working towards inclusion of all so that no human being is needlessly bullied.