On average we live for 78.3 years. Most of us are capable of remembering people we meet anytime after age 5. If you live in a city, let’s assume you interact with 3 new people a day, 365 days in a year (plus leap years is 365.24). In total it will be (78.3 – 5) x 3 x 365.24 = 80,000 people. So we can know about 80,000 people.
On top of that, the average person has hundreds of people throughout their lifetime who they may potentially love including extended family, school friends, etc. People they already know. People precious to them.
No matter who you are, you know someone who is a sex worker. You just may not know it. They haven’t confided in you. Or maybe they have.
No matter who you are, you know someone who’s been to jail. They won’t talk about it to you, maybe. Maybe they do.
No matter who you are, you know someone who is transgender. Someone who is gay, lesbian. Someone who has had an abortion. Someone with mental health challenges. Someone who has tried to commit suicide. Someone who is intersex. Someone who was raped or abused.
It’s easy to think that these people never existed in the past- that all of this is new. But it’s not. Every day, more people feel comfortable opening up about who they are—but maybe not today, and maybe not to you.
So, when you say something cruel about any of these groups, they hear you. When you post on your wall something hurtful to them, they hear you.
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