Before I begin, let me just clarify that the ‘ignorance’ I am referring to in this context and article is ‘the act of ignoring or being ignored’.
Since very early on in life, there have been countless occasions where I was ignored; be it intentionally or unintentionally. Not being able to walk made things a lot worse because I could not just run around with the other kids whenever I wanted to. There have been many instances where I was just left alone in one area by my cousins or friends. One minute they’ll be playing together with me and the next minute they’ll all run downstairs leaving me alone in the room we were playing in until I actually call out for someone to come and get me. I know this was unintentional. It was something they all took for granted, which I didn’t – i.e. Walking. This went on in school as well. Both in elementary and high school. I would often be ignored by my classmates, backstabbed & shunned away. Nobody wanted to sit with me or be in any group study with me because I was the ‘princess’ (one of my nicknames out of many) or the ‘teacher’s pet’ (as if I wanted to be 🙄). Jealousy and envy enveloped their beings leaving me all ALONE most of the time. Being the only child in the family didn’t help either..
This is why, I absolutely dislike the feeling of being ignored or left out. And unfortunately, it still happens to me to this day. Be it intentionally or unintentionally. Which truly hurts and is an experience I honestly wouldn’t wish upon anyone.
Another personal observation of mine as of late is that people often tend to use the ‘silent treatment’ on each other rather than communicating with one another. Which honestly just drives me insane at times. If they are upset with someone, they ignore. If they don’t feel like talking, they ignore. Nobody communicates these days. Nobody pours out feelings and emotions to one another. They just keep it to themselves and hold a grudge whilst giving you the silent treatment. Worst still, there’s this new blocking feature that has made it even more easier for people to shut you off now. To top that, there’s also social media to keep reminding you of the people who are actually ignoring your posts or messages.
Yes, I do admit that staying silent is better than saying things you may regret later. But that doesn’t mean you have to stay silent forever or leave the person hanging for a very long time if you ask me. Because I strongly feel Communication is KEY.
In the Bahá’í Writings, Bahá’u’lláh states, “In all things it is necessary to consult. This matter should be forcibly stressed by thee, so that consultation may be observed by all. The intent of what hath been revealed from the Pen of the Most High is that consultation may be fully carried out among the friends, inasmuch as it is and will always be a cause of awareness and of awakening and a source of good and well-being.” which again, stress on the importance of communication.
Hence, instead of ignoring one another for whatever reasons, why don’t we consult & come to a consensus instead? 🙂
On a side note, if I have ever ignored any of you’ll, my sincere apologies. It’s most likely either one of two things – 1. I was really very hurt by your words/actions OR 2. It was purely unintentional/overlooked. Either way, no intentional harm intended. I’m just an imperfect human being striving to be better everyday. And I understand that you are too! So let’s all be better together 🙂
Much Love ❤️ & Peace ✌🏻
Your Imperfect Nut