In these crazy times, as we spare a moment to remember those who gave their lives for our Country amid a General Election Campaign; we are surrounded by yet more controversy.
This time it’s the beautiful and delicate yet highly emotionally charged poppy.
Outrage and strong opinions ensued last week when a Rainbow poppy was touted on social media as the LGBT+ version of the traditional red poppy, supposedly to honour LGBT+ soldiers. This has since been disputed both by the British Legion and the LGBT+ community. Click on the image below for more info…
I want to touch on another view however.
I was encouraged and uplifted once again by the emotional maturity of the young adults I work with when this rumour began to fly around schools.
This generation are far more accepting than any other of any difference from human to human. They often refresh our minds by being so accepting that it barely gets a mention if another student is gay or bi-sexual, gender curious etc. It’s just the way it is.
I shouldn’t really have been surprised then that there was outrage and anger amongst my students around the rainbow poppy. here are some of the comments.
“We are all human beings no matter what, and whoever died in the war still died”
“Why do the LGBT+ community want to be different? I thought they wanted to be accepted?”
“Why is there a separate poppy? We’re all in this together”
We are all in this together, whatever this may be.
I suggest the politicians take a break from tearing chunks out of each other and take a moment to listen to the younger generation who, at the moment, seem to be showing us what the United Kingdom should really look like.
Sarah Terry is a School Counsellor and Author who works in Central England. Her interests include Counselling and Psychology, Personality Types, Jogging and Yoga and Meditation. To find our more about Sarah, please see below.
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