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Shunning

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There may be one or more in our family, group, or community who have done or think things we believe they should not. Sometimes a group or all of us will shun this individual, not allow them a place or a voice within the community and may even behave as if they do not exist. This behavior, while effective by actively ridding the group of a nuisance, does not remain effective and not only damages the shunned one but the ones doing the shunning. While it may be necessary for a single person in a group to shun another person in order to maintain their sense of self and their self-respect it is a mistake for the entire community to act in concert and shun that person. Shunning is a mob activity that rarely, if ever, looks at or sees both sides of a situation and fosters intolerance. A better way to ease a painful situation is to calmly look at all the circumstances and follow a humane path to resolution. Once mob behavior is allowed in one situation, it can, and sometimes does, water the weed of mob behavior and create a predominantly negative family, group, or community. Shunning can be avoided by common sense and a level head. Justice can best be served by rational thought and a balanced view of things, don’t you think?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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