Bystander Revolution: Laura Dern | Citizens Of Compassion

Bystander Revolution: Laura Dern | Citizens Of Compassion


I was very lucky to be raised
by a very fierce mother who hates bullying more
than anyone I know. And so I was raised watching
someone always defend others. You know, I remember being about
eight years old in the market and a woman who clearly seemed
to not have very much money had brought back some
cheese she had purchased which was completely molded. And the store clerk
was incredibly rude and ended up starting
to bully this woman. And my mother stepped
in and defended her case and sadly, because
of socioeconomics, my mother’s voice meant
more and the woman got to trade in her food. And I will never forget that. It was a very small
act of kindness um, and I asked my
mother did she feel uncomfortable
getting in the middle ’cause the man was so heated up? And she said,
whether or not I was uncomfortable it’s what
we have to do if we’re gonna be citizens of compassion,
which was her terminology. And that has stuck
with me my whole life. There are a million things I
could have done better I’m sure and differently but
I was definitely raised to use my voice
on behalf of others and I’m now trying to
get my kids to consider the same as they enter their
first years of this issue. It really is about the
bystander not the bully that we have to put
our attention toward. Because if a group of people
stand up for what is right and what is wrong, the
bully has no more power.

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