There are many frightening things happening in the world right now, and some of them seem too close, too huge, and too mean for you to do anything about them. You may find your best friend in trouble one day, a trouble he or she cannot get out of, just because of some of those huge, frightening things. Your friend may be beaten up because someone mistook him for someone else, or someone else told a lie about her that some people believed. It doesn’t matter that it was a mistake: your friend is still hurt.
Your friend might even have done something wrong because someone else called it something right. They called shoplifting “pinking,” or “copping,” or some other, silly little word that wasn’t honest so that your friend was fooled. They may even have said,”Oh, don’t worry: doing this thing I’m trying to get you to do isn’t dangerous! That’s just what the jerks say!” But then, too late, your friend finds out that the real jerk was the person who lied to her, or who fooled him, and now something very, very bad has happened. Your friends were so afraid of being a fool, they let themselves be fooled!
And sometimes when things change it gets even worse. People are afraid of change: they are afraid of doing things differently. Frightened people can be very, very dangerous. Have you ever seen a scared animal, a cat or a dog? They can be so frightened that they bite your hand even though they know you! They can be so frightened that they destroy things, or run away. The only thing to do is to stay away and be patient until the fear goes away or until someone that knows how can help the animal. It’s the same with your friends, especially when they are hurt or afraid. Ask for help with them: it’s better than trying to do it alone.