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Wonder at the World

Posted on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 4:04 PM

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Photo courtesy Lions Gate, by Dale Robinette

Wonder is coming out tomorrow, in all its prevalent glory. It features Auggie, a boy with a rare medical facial deformity, and this makes him different, so when he attends elementary school for the first time, it becomes clear that different isn’t always a good thing in the eyes of his fellow fifth-graders.

This story and its message could not be timed better. We live in a world where we see different as “weird” and get uncomfortable around those who do not look, think, or act like we do. I’m not talking just about those with physical disabilities, but also about our interactions with those with mental illnesses, those of a different race or culture, or those with a different perspective and opinion of the world.

In a time when the outside world seems malicious and cruel, Wonder reminds us that kindness and acceptance are the greatest gifts we can offer someone. No matter where someone is in life, they don’t deserve schoolyard taunts and snide remarks, face-to-face or, more commonly, via social media and the Internet. People don’t need to hear, again, how their generation is going to ruin the world and ruin everyone’s lives, or how their culture are all terrorists and shouldn’t be allowed in the country, or blocked from pursuing opportunities simply because of the country they call home, the person they identify as, or the gender they are.

Wonder preaches a message of acceptance and resilience, a message this world sorely needs. As the holidays approach, I highly recommend you take the time to see this movie, and maybe, just maybe, be a little kinder, and a little more accepting, of everyone around you who needs a family of support.

From L to R: Jacob Tremblay as "Auggie," Elle McKinnon as "Charlotte" and Noah Jupe as "Jack Will" in WONDER. Photo by Dale Robinette, courtesy of Lions Gate Entertainment.

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