Insulting one another seems to be in vogue today; it has become the new normal in social interaction, and social media has given it a platform. Indeed, we have differing ideas about critical moral, social or political issues that often stem from our own life experiences, our culture, our faith traditions. Yet do these differences have to divide us? How can they be expressed without alienating and offending others? As a way to counteract the trend to seek affirmation for our already formed views, some people share how they respond with respect and love to insults. Handling our emotion and journeying together can give us the opportunity to create a new culture, a “culture of encounter,” as Pope Francis describes it, and maybe even discover a common thread that links us together.
A trip to the Café con Leche School in the Dominican Republic
Reacting with kindness and opening a dialogue after hurtful comments on Twitter
Seeing a homeless man in a store, a young woman ends up on a surprising shopping trip
Why is insulting others so in vogue today?