The right to be different

I was surfing the net today and came across a very interesting article purely by chance (as is the way with the net). The article was about Lady Gaga talking about being bullied when she was a teenager.

It was not a particularly well written article but it made me investigate this story. I found a very interesting clip from one of her concerts where she discusses being thrown in the trashcan (dustbin). Her reaction to this event was to shout out her anger long after it had happened and also to state that she was the living proof that you can rise up from what must have been a very low moment in her life and become the person that you want to be.

She states elsewhere that she always upset people just by being different. It made me think about the fact that difference has always made people prone to becoming victims of bullying. I think that somewhere deep inside of us is a fear of the odd or the peculiar, of the person who represents a different kind of truth to our own conventional existence.

Lady Gaga proves that creative people may often appear strange to us, I do not particularly like her music ( my wife does), but I do admire the strength of character that she shows in being the person she wants to be.

I think we should embrace difference and accept that it has often led to some of the most inspired people who have lived on our planet. I would like to see schools doing more to try and understand students who want to be themselves which may appear strange to us. The message needs to go out that humanity is not born to roam the streets in an expensive suit and that creative people will not fit into the conventional silos that we want them to go into.

Our creative,different people have a right to be themselves whatever they conceive that to be.

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