Tuesday, February 16, 2016
it's ok to be happy
As an anecdote: the other day as Lohbado was exiting from the metro station, a man gestured to a mentally ill man seated on the ground at the bottom of the escalator and announced in a loud voice of disgust: "That man does nothing but eat and sleep..." He made some verbally abusive remarks. Lohbado told the man that the person in question was a human being and furthermore, the man was mentally ill. It made no difference. The high and mighty man didn't want to be proven wrong in his moral assessment that the ill man was subhuman. Lohbado didn't say another word.
He wondered why the man would insult a human being. Verbal abuse is aggressive, extremely hurtful and only increases aggression. So why do some people feel it necessary to insult poor people who struggle and do the best they can? Just because they have problems and didn't succeed doesn't mean they're not human. As humans, they have the right to be happy. It's ok for them and everyone else to be happy.