At the end of the day it’s not just about how you treat people less fortunate than you. It’s about how you treat everybody. If you’re a good person to the less fortunate but a shitty person to those as fortunate or more fortunate than you, how is that any less wretched than those who treat the less fortunate shabbily and with disrespect? Disrespect and impudent behavior towards another human being is despicable, period.
I’ve now come to realize that people speak of a lot of virtues and values, but if it’s all talk and no action or the contradictory action, the words have no meaning. You can talk about being humble all you want, but if your deeds are prideful and full of boasting and arrogance; your words are meaningless, heck they’re even deceitful in a way.
I made a mistake of believing in the words of someone who was extremely sweet to me and mindful of the nature and environment and the less fortunate, but a total prick to others. Foolishly, I felt special. But, these people are like a ticking bomb. Sooner or later they will get you; sooner or later you’re going to be on the ugly side of the blast. Their words will soon melt into the scourging lava that will burn the very sugary core that they enveloped you with.
And when it reaches you, it’ll sting, it’ll burn, it’ll scald you into learning a major lesson; that it’s about how you treat every single person who comes in contact with you. Even If somebody tries to reduce you to nothing for a mistake or two, even if somebody else tries to put you down for a reason known or unknown, it’s not right to treat another with contempt. I had heard this in a Pakistani T.V. serial – “Doosron Ke Dukhon Se Humare Zakhm Nahi Bhartein”. You can’t mend your wounds with another’s suffering. You can’t justify hurting another person just because you’ve been hurt too.
Lord knows I’ve been mean to a lot of people, but this experience has humbled me into understanding how it feels to be on the other end of the fence. At the end of the day it’s not just about how you treat people less fortunate than you. It’s about how you treat everybody.