It’s incredibly easy to think that you’re the only person in the world. It’s so easy to forget that people are people, and that they have feelings too. It’s one of the easiest things to do in the world, but it is also one of the most hurtful.
In our world right now, everything is so exposed. Privacy is almost non-existent. And jokes are usually made at other’s expense. Sometimes, the jokes are funny, but sometimes, even when they’re meant to be funny, they cross a line. Many of you reading this might think I’m being way to serious about this issue, but I don’t think I am.
We forget the power that words have over people. We forget that the jokes aren’t always laughable. We forget that words aren’t meant to be taken lightly because words are one of the most powerful things in this earth. With words, people have caused wars, murders, turned brother against brother, and turned love to hate. Words aren’t meant to be taken lightly, and we tend to do that in our society.
You say that people actually laughed and enjoyed those jokes. Then I say that you’ve probably never felt the deep vastness of absolute hate over your existence. It is an emotion so twisted and dark, it consumes your entire being and leaves nothing behind. It’s an emotion that you just can’t will away, and that’s something you can’t understand unless you’ve experienced it yourself.
I know that some of you are probably laughing right now. I know some of you are wondering why someone is making such a big deal about something people are all chill about. And I know that I can’t convince you that people can actually get hurt about these things because many of you never talk to people about things other than these hurtful jokes about people. And I know that there are jokes that have actually been met with good humour. I’m aware of all this, but that doesn’t change the fact that people are always affected by words.
It’s easy for people to say they’re not hurt when they are. It’s easy to hide the tears and turn them into tears of laughter. It’s easy to act like nothing’s wrong when all you want is someone to hold you as you cry yourself to death.
I’ve been there, and I tell you that as funny as those roasts and jokes can be, and as much as you think that people are being to overworked for something completely trivial, it is not. You are using words to make jokes about people, and for what? What satisfaction do you gain out of it? The acknowledgement of your peers and everyone else in the world? The compliments of the “cleverly” worded phrase? Stop joking around and wake up.
Wake up to the reality that these things can actually cause people to die.
Wake up to the reality that you’re abusing your right to use words.