Thursday, February 28, 2008

Not weird, Just different

When people are together for too long, they tend to act, dress and become more and more similar. But different people have different taste, view and opinion. We can’t expect those around us to like what we like and dislike what we do not like. For instance, I like to eat Japanese food, but a small group of my friends just can’t take the smell of it. I don’t expect them to follow me for a Japanese buffet.

In the same way, we might dress differently. The definition of cool and fashion depends on our individual view. Some might like to dress Hip-Hop, some just like plain, some like beach wear, some just like to be extreme. It’s a good thing in a way, if not, everyone will dress the same. As long as they dress decently, they are happy with what they are wearing, it shouldn’t be a problem. Some just like to be different; they have their own style of dressing. If we do not like their dressing, let them know our view, if they don’t agree with us, we can’t force our ideas into them. But what we shouldn’t do is to humiliate them in front of everyone else!!!

It is not right to laugh at people’s fault. Many times, we think that our opinion is the right one, the best one maybe. But when you see something that is not right in your eyes, or it doesn’t coincide with our view, don’t be too quick to speak; our mouth is a very powerful tool. “Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.” We are to be careful of what we speak. However, - James 3:2 "if anyone makes no mistakes in what he says, he is a perfect man." None of us are perfect, but it will be good to reduce our mistakes.

Sometimes, when we are watching comedy, we laugh, we sometimes laugh when the character hurt themselves in a silly way, we laugh at their stupidity, we laugh at their weird behavior. Well, it doesn’t hurt if they do it on purpose for viewers to laugh, but what happens is sometimes, we do it in reality. They last time I went for a camp, a bunch of children laugh when their friend fell down and hurt herself. Were is the “are you ok?” , “do you need any help”… etc ? I can’t blame them, for I was once like that when I was young. But there is time for us to grow out of our immaturity, our childishness.

Maybe we just want to fit in; everyone else is acting this way anyway. It is not wrong to want to feel accepted, but we must have our own stand. How far are we going to compromise? But I can’t deny that we change a lot when we are around different groups of people. It is a good thing when we are around good company, but what if the other way round? Are we influential or are we to be influenced? Many times it is not enough to rely on our own strength.

What this world needs is for us to stop hiding behind our relevance
Blending in so well that people can't see the difference
And it's the difference that sets the world free
(casting crown - What this world needs)

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