It never ceases to amaze me how some people are quick to point out your flaws but overlook your accomplishments.
Even worse, they only associate with you when you’re doing a good job. Also, when you mess up, trip or stumble, all you’ve done, all you haven’t done, all you’ve attempted to do is quickly forgotten.
This unjust criticism happens everyday. You see it with your teachers, your so-called friends, your parents, supervisors and especially your enemies.
Judgment based on one flaw is a major problem that needs to be solved.
People are constantly criticized for mistakes or problems caused by another person because of association. Was it my fault Little Johnny kicked a dead horse? No. But because I saw him kick the horse, I’m in trouble too. And then, as a saying goes, “Well you should have known better, you’re old enough to know better.”
Old enough to know what? Old enough to know when to role over and play dead when told, or to forget I have a mind of my own and I can speak for myself?
I do have the ability to speak on my own behalf and do not need some frantic maniac to speak for me. Therefore, I don’t need to be judged or clumped into the same category as someone who has a different opinion than I do.
Many adults irk my brain. Most of them always say what we need to do, but never make an effort to help. Then when something bad happens, those same people who claim they could’ve helped before the fall, laugh, discriminate and complain after the fall.
By the way, these same people never helped to prevent a collapse. However, they did contribute to a lot of talk and no action.
Perhaps I’ll never understand the explicit, elaborate, highly publicized downfall of a person or people in spite of all the good they’ve done.
However, if I should help in anyway to change or alter the unfortunate mindset of some people, I say those accusers and “only-when-something-goes-wrong” overseers notice something good, let that precede whatever anger that may swell up in your heart when something goes wrong.
Robyn K. Mizelle, 20, is a junior broadcast journalism student from lake city. she is the deputy opinions editor for The Famuan and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.