Karen Downton
3 min readJun 2, 2020


Why do people hurt others?

In this time of invisible threat of a killer virus affecting the whole world. It never ceases to disgust me how people still feel the need to put others down.

What is that about? Is is their own personal need to feel validated on this earth or is it a need for them to control how others feel?

I’ve recently got another job at the moment, and while it is temporary and not ongoing, I feel so grateful to have it at a time where so many have lost their jobs due to the current conditions of the corona virus. Plus I’m also grateful to be able to work from home in the safety of my own home.

I haven’t been on a bus since March and even now as restrictions are being eased in Australia with being in stage two now I still don’t feel ready to get on a bus even though social distancing is still going on and guidelines for how many can be on a bus is happening.

I was reminded last week by a lady who felt the need to tell me her job is essential and she’s needed, almost implying that I’m not.

I did not respond to that but found myself feeling disgusted.

She’s the same lady who referred to my contract job last year as “a day out for me"

Now she thinks that because I don’t want anything to do with her is because she comes from Wuhan China which is where this virus started….But no that’s not the case, it’s her attitude of her need to feel inflated that deters me.

It just disgusts me how we are all at the mercy of this virus and are all in the same restrictions and isolation standards and yet there are some people who still feel the need to put others down.

We are all at risk of getting sick and fighting for our lives, so this is not the time to put others down.

Survival of the fittest it might be I don’t know.

I remember a quote from years ago by Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same

Marianne Williamson speaks of why are we holding ourselves back based on someone else’s opinion.



Karen Downton

🏆Curated writer for RESONATES From Sydney Australia 🇦🇺