Time and time again, people judge each other. It doesn’t seem to matter how many times people are proven to be wrong, they consistently pass judgement on others before knowing the whole story. In this case, the true reasons behind this girl’s “stupidity” made everyone feel awful for believing it.
“I had this girl in my class and she was considered to be really dumb. She’d ask a ton of questions in class, which everybody would consider to be “stupid” and “silly” and even the teachers would often taunt her but she’d never stop asking.
But the thing was that she’d almost always top the class examinations and everyone was confused. They all thought she was cheating and stuff and obviously even the teachers were very biased because she wasn’t so intelligent in class, and she was regularly accused of cheating.
But nobody could prove that she was actually cheating but the whole class and teachers totally believed that she did.
I’m pretty socially awkward so I never really talked to her, but she was leaving school this year and I was genuinely curious about how she was so good during exams and how she didn’t let everyone’s remarks affect her. She always used to sit and hang out with only one girl, and she told me that that friend of hers was severely socially anxious and she’d lag in studies because she couldn’t bring herself to ask doubts in class or ask for help from others.
So they had this system where during lectures her friend would write down any question she had, and she would ask them for her. And I was just so touched.
I don’t know, but it really changed the way I looked at people. This girl endured taunts and jeers and borderline bullying for being “stupid” when she was actually really smart and could easily have refused to ask such questions for her friend but she did. And brushed off everything others would throw at her for her friend. It just really changed me in some way.”
One day, we’ll move past our snap judgments and assumptions…but this story teaches us to give people the benefit of the doubt before deciding who we think they are. And it’s sweet – we could all use a friend like her now and again.
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