I love Disney movies and so many valuable lessons from my childhood, come from Disney movies. The lesson that sticks with me the most, is probably the one needed most right now. We need to be nice. There are so many people who sacrifice friends and relatives, by saying what they “feel” , getting into a heated debate or posting a rude comment online.
In this day and age, I feel like the scene that is most important is when a new Bambi is just learning to walk. The young rabbit, Thumper, notices his clumsiness and says that the fawn is “kinda wobbly” and “he doesn’t walk too good.”. Thumper’s mother reminds the rabbit, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.”
I can’t tell you how many times I heard that as a child, or quoted it as a parent. But when I see friends online debating politics, wives talking about their husbands or teens tweeting each other, I wish I could show that statement before they hit “Enter”. I wonder if I could write a program that would show that statement, before anything gets posted.
This rule taught me that if I have something to say, I need to first ask myself whether it will hurt or insult or injure anyone. I haven’t always managed to faithfully follow that rule, but I’ve tried. What are you posting and if it’s not nice, should you really post it at all?