Many are the ways people throw shame. The Shame Throwers are well practiced in throwing shame.
It’s spoken loudly, it’s spoken quietly. It’s a wink, a finger pointing, a misleading statistic. It’s a mocking laugh, a bunch of insulting words.
It’s intentional stigma.
It’s scorn they speak out of the side of their mouths. It’s trying to pretend it’s being nice to you when it’s really setting you up to look bad.
It’s shallow guilt-by-association reasoning.
They throw shame from their desire to force their religion, their wills and adopt their passed-down-hatreds, even taking the laws into their own hands, to force you to accept their authority and stigmatize you:
“Authority Questioner?! That’s both insubordinate and a slippery slope! Next you will descend to drug policy reformer thus drug promoter thus drug user thus drug seeker thus drug addict thus have gross mental instability problems!
“And proving we are right that you have mental instability problems is that you are even trying to change our minds! Ha! See how we ignore you, writing even more cruel and ignorant laws masquerading as helpful or reducing harm, purportedly benefitting public safety but ensuring violence and corruption, the hidden use of tax dollars; all the while we praise ourselves and pat ourselves on the back over the airwaves and in the oldspapers for doing it for the benefit of the children!”
It’s a blackmail file they tell you they have on you, or a photocopy of something to “prove” they will expose you if you don’t do their will.
It’s kicking in the door, throwing your stuff around, and breaking things. Perhaps shooting your pets dead, your loved ones dead, or even you dead! Then denying any wrongdoing, maybe getting a medal for it. Or maybe they got the wrong address.
It’s a bunch of evil laws that are an affront to Nature, God, human dignity and God’s gift of free-will.
It’s standing aloof and saying “they got what they deserved, I’m glad I’m not like that sinner.”
Below are some essays detailing examples of people who ignored — despised even — the shame others threw at them, and what they did about it. You will also find encouragement in them, meant to give you fortitude, food for thought, and strength of character.
Hint: ignore them, repay meanness with kindness, pray for them.