“A child learns through ‘experience with’ and ‘observations of’ the behavior of others.” ~ P
Imagine if being mean was inconceivable.
That no one anywhere on the planet understood the concept, much less had the desire to do anything mean.
Being nice isn’t really all that difficult. It takes far less time to be nice than it does to be mean and when people are nice to you, you want to spend more time around them.
So what does being mean “mean”? To me it’s when one perceives a hurt or cruelty from another. This sound ambiguous, because in a way it is. Many times we hurt others accidentally with poorly considered choices in what and how we say or do something. But if a true understanding of “no meanness” was there and one sensed a hurt, the other would be quick to apologize.
For the most part we have pretty good instincts, however, and know when someone else is being mean and cruel, with intent, through their words and actions.
When we’re mean all those other negative emotions can really take hold (hatred, cruelty, greed, avarice) when we’re nice to each other a different set of emotions rule (tenderness, caring, sharing and love)! The choice should be the one that has universal appeal ~ most certainly for the benefit of all mankind and life on this wonderful planet of ours. Let’s work on it, shall we?
Have a wonderful weekend, filled with love and caring.