Often the collective cruelty of humanity is emphasized; however, change must occur at the level of the individual.
In order for individual change to occur, individual wrongs must be recognized.
One of my ideals is to never criticize/judge/make fun of individuals. However, sadly, I sometimes have gone along with negative comments my friends have made. I never say anything mean in front of the “targeted” individuals, but I have laughed at negative comments my friends have made when the individuals were not present. I'm ashamed to admit this, but it's the truth. :(
Probably the greatest motivation for this cruelty on my part is the pressure to conform. It's very popular to criticize people (though I don't understand why).
However, when I conform in the face of this relatively “minor” evil, I increase the collective cruelty of humanity.
I definitely have made an effort recently not to respond in a reinforcing way to people's criticism of others. I sincerely hope my reality regarding this issue (and others) will continue to become more compatible with my ideals.
I'm sorry for my failure to live up to an ideal that I truly value.