Saturday, October 23, 2010

It Gets So Much Better, and We Need to Help

You guys know I love Glee and don't answer the telephone at my house between 8 - 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. Even my 14-year old said last week, "Glee just makes my whole week better."

When I saw Chris Colfer's video for the It Gets Better project, I had to share it here. Not only because I am against discriminating against anyone for any reason, but also because as legal professionals, we're supposed to be advocates for justice, and we're supposed to be helping to make the world a better place for so many people battling adversity, prejudice and society's apathy, including but certainly not limited to, the homeless, the wrongfully accused, children in the juvenile court system, people losing their homes, people suffering from disabilities, and those experiencing discrimination at work and at school.

But we have to start at home, teaching our children not to judge and not to hate and most of all, not to be cruel. We have to educate and take a stand with relatives, friends and colleagues, some raised in atmospheres of intolerance, to show them that empathy, compassion and understanding are needed today, more than ever. A friend said to me recently that computers and the ease of cyber-bullying without directly facing your victims, seem to be creating an extraordinarily cruel and callous generation with no inhibitions or remorse when it comes to tormenting others, especially online. We need to teach our children not only that bullying of any kind is wrong - but also what to do when it inevitably happens to them.

We need to reach out to those in trouble and let them know they are not alone, and we all need to work to make sure that things do get better - for everyone.

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