What I Learned From Harper Lee

You’re high school experience was not complete or worthwhile unless you were made to read the infamous novel To Kill A Mockingbird. It was a book that changed so many minds. A book that made us all look at the world and the people in it differently. It was a book that taught us how to love all people and to accept the differences of the world. 

Harper Lee helped change us all. 

She taught us to get to know people before we judge them. What you see on the outside is not always reflective of what is hidden on the inside. Don’t judge people based on their looks. They could be the kindest and most warm hearted people you could ever meet. This world would be a better place without people judging other people. Spend time getting to know strangers – you might be pleasantly surprised.


She also taught us to love all people. I believe she wanted us to not only love all people, but to love everything in this world. Love every living thing in this world. Love every difference in this world. Love as much as you possibly can. God even told us to love our neighbors, and no, he was not just talking about Mr. Smith that lives across the road from you. Love all people and all things, no matter how different they are from you. The world would be a better place if we all followed Harper Lee’s advice and just loved completely no matter what. It is sometimes hard, but it is something that can be done. 


She taught us that no matter how different someone else may appear to be from you, he or she is actually more alike with you than you may think. We all came from one place – when God gifted Adam with Eve, and they started creating a family and the human race. We are all brothers and sisters through God. We may look different, we may have different beliefs, and we may have different earthly parents, but under God, we are the same. We were all created in God’s image. Therefore we are all more alike than we believe. 

 She also showed us what true courage is. It’s when you’re faced with something that almost seems impossible to accomplish or do, but you go for it anyway, not sure of what the outcome will be. True courage takes strength, patience, and the ability to try new things. We all have courage within us – we just have to dig deep and bring it out. We will get so much more out of life, if we start doing and trying the things that scare, but intrigue, us the most.


Finally she taught us to preserve the innocence of the world. Don’t judge people or blame anyone for anything, until you know for sure. Don’t ruin someone else’s beliefs because you don’t believe in the same thing. Help everyone to start looking at the world through a child’s eyes. A world full of endless possibilities and adventures. A world that is full of innocence and love. Harper Lee warned us to never kill a mockingbird, because without mockingbirds, this world would be a corrupt, unfair, and scary place. 

So Harper Lee – thank you – thank you for a novel that helped change the world – a novel that taught us all how to love, all how to stop judging other people, all how to see that we are all more alike than we believe.

You may have passed on, but the ideals that you gifted the world will always remain with us. 

Thank you Harper Lee – you helped change us all. 


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