Australian Lauren Stardust shared a post on Facebook which highlighted a very cruel and mean behavior that many people indulge in.
Apparently Miss Stardust had gone to a restaurant in a rather colorful dress. As she was ordering, she noticed two women at another table who were laughing at her. Stardust ignored their antics till one of them tried to take her photo by pretending she was taking a selfie.
What this incident highlights is that some people feel that they can impose their opinions on others. Not only is it mean to do so but it also reflects that those people themselves have a herd mentality.
In Lauren’s words: “I got up from my table approached them both and simply asked “I’m sorry but are you both laughing at me?” They responded that it wasn’t the case, but the obviousness of whole façade made the bulls**t buzzer go off in my head. “Oh good! I was starting to feel really self conscious!” (I finished) and went back to my seat.”
Often people can become uncomfortable by whatever seems new or unusual to them. They then have three choices: ignore it, accept it or try their hardest to embarrass the person who is different.
Lauren could have chosen to sit there and take that kind of abuse from complete strangers, but she did not. She added, “I haven’t mentioned the women’s age or what they were wearing because it’s not relevant. How they present themselves does not affect me.” Stardust’s post has been liked over 71,000 times and shared over 8,000 times.
People who indulge in such behavior are only displaying their fear. They would never have the guts to try something different and they feel comfortable only when status-quo is maintained.
It is amazing how non-conformity is still received with such hysteria by people. Maybe the next time you feel like laughing at someone, you should examine your own impulse to do so – where is it coming from and how does someone else’s take on life affect you?