Elder Abuse Makes You into a Total Loser

Elder Abuse Makes You into a Total Loser

The Alameda Sun joins the chorus of voices that decry recent hate crimes. The completely uncalled for behavior of injuring frail, elderly people shows these perpetrators missed some lessons in basic human decency. Many of the catch phrases elders used in my youth apply: don’t hurt those who are weaker than you; respect your elders; treat others as you would want to be treated; basically don’t be a bully. Don’t be a loser and let your pursuit of happiness come at the cost of someone else’s.

Using force instead of negotiation is a sign of weakness. Weakness of mind. Weakness of character. These bullies feel so empty inside they feel the need to fill themselves with hate and think they’re powerful when they exert violence.

Whether using an AR-15, a fist or just a voice, addressing a situation with violence, hate or oversimplification only proves the user’s weakness, failure to society and inability to deal with their own insecurities and shortcomings.

Instead we encourage everyone to take the high road. Be patient. Take a deep breath. Think twice before choosing to impact someone else’s life. If there’s one thing this pandemic has taught us, it’s that we all need our own space, health and comfort.