One day my daughter will come home from school, tears in her eyes; broken. I wish I would be able to truthfully tell her that it gets better. I can't. Once upon a time I believed in the decency and kindness of people. I still do, only now it's been marred by the reality that some people choose to hurt others just because they can.
A lifetime of experiences and a recent revelation by Forbes have taught me that one simple fact--because they can. Because they can do it without fear of repercussion. Because they can do it without a conscience. Because this is what our society has become. A mean girl, hiding behind her keyboard, causing others misery because she can.
So no, I do not believe that Get Off My Internets should have been included on Forbes' list of best websites for women. In fact, it troubles me greatly that it was. What does this say about us as women if a site created for the sole purpose of tearing down other women is considered enlightening and inspiring?
I understand freedom of speech as well as anyone. What I don't understand is actively seeking someone out to cause them misery. Somewhere along the way our definition of freedom has become so convoluted and distorted that we truly believe we can behave any way we choose without fear of consequences.
The true irony is that if half of the people who "participate" in this site applied just a shred of their dedication to doing something positive or constructive the world would be just a little bit more beautiful. It only takes one. One single person to change a life or leave an impact. In the end, we are the one's who decide whether that impact is positive or negative.
Stop tearing others down and be the one who makes a difference.
Because I know soon or later someone will choose to end their life as a result of this. And I pray in my heart that those involved will be able to live with themselves.
Plato said if far more eloquently than I ever could, "be kind, for everyone you know is fighting a hard battle."