I'll admit, the topic of the article by Rebecca Solnit "The Loneliness of Donald Trump" caught my eye for obvious reasons, however I was greatly moved by her words. There was a section in particular that really spoke to me.
Over the years I've had people around me who believe that they are not equal and that goes on both sides of the spectrum. Superiority and worthiness... two words that evoke different feelings. I'm not saying that can't sway, but boy when I do, I know it and feel it. And I nip it in the bud.
I always tell my kids that they are no better than anyone else, and no one else is better than them. We treat each other with respect. Never talk down to someone, and don't let anyone talk down to you. Always feel that you are able to be you and express your views and opinions. We each have our own. And we are allowed to.
I feel that Rebecca speaks volumes here:
I have often run across men (and rarely, but not never, women) who have become so powerful in their lives that there is no one to tell them when they are cruel, wrong, foolish, absurd, repugnant. In the end there is no one else in their world, because when you are not willing to hear how others feel, what others need, when you do not care, you are not willing to acknowledge others’ existence.....
...Some of us are surrounded by destructive people who tell us we’re worthless when we’re endlessly valuable, that we’re stupid when we’re smart, that we’re failing even when we succeed. But the opposite of people who drag you down isn’t people who build you up and butter you up. It’s equals who are generous but keep you accountable, true mirrors who reflect back who you are and what you are doing.
It’s equals who are generous but keep you accountable, true mirrors who reflect back who you are and what you are doing. rinse and repeat. It’s equals who are generous but keep you accountable, true mirrors who reflect back who you are and what you are doing.