We all know that bullying in schools has become a national problem. We also know that how we choose to talk to one another, the words we say and the words we don’t say, can have an enormous impact on how we feel. Yet often what we’re surrounded by, and what we may even be saying ourselves, are words of judgement and hostility.
The Words Campaign, created by by Nathan Strange and Andrea Vega, says that we can all take responsibility for putting an end to bullying by recognizing that the words we choose in our daily lives have an impact.
Adults like political leaders are frequently using language that we would regard as hurtful and bullying in other contexts, yet they get away with it because society is saturated with criticism and hostility. This kind of rhetoric is not only expected, it is often encouraged. How can we tackle bullying, then, if it is endemic to our society?
The Words Campaign suggests the only way to combat this is to make a stand on a personal level and to take responsibility for teaching children by setting an example ourselves.
It starts with the individual. It can start with you, right now, and how you will choose to speak throughout the day in your school, your workplace, your friendships, and your family interactions.
The campaign asks that you be mindful as you share your day so that you can begin to embody the change that you would like to see in the world: that you promote happiness and compassion by speaking happiness and compassion.
It’s hoped that by doing this, we can begin to change things a little at a time and set an example for how we want our children to behave.
It also may serve to make it clear to the politicians and other authority figures that claim to be speaking for us but use such hateful and hostile words, that those voices they are using to support their interests are not ours, and that their divisive rhetoric is not what we choose for our society.
Watch the PSA below: