One of the philosophies I try to adhere to is asking:
Who does this help?
In the midst of conflict, ask yourself who is this helping? What good can come out of what I’m saying or doing right now? If you can’t give an honest answer about how it helps, that’s when you should reevaluate what you’re doing or saying and how you say it.
This very philosophy leads toward a progressive and equitable way of thinking. When laws are being made that target LGBTQ people, ask, who does it help? When laws are made to prevent education about people of color, and the struggles they face, ask who does that help? When our leaders go on a crusade against “wokeism” ask them “who is that helping?”
If more people stopped and asked this question, the world would be a better place.