It is the integrated person who recognizes that meeting with true success requires that one's life be balanced, holistic, meaningful, and guided by the "spirit as the inner source of energy and spirituality as the outward expression of that force" (Dehler and Welsh, 2003, p.115) or "lived religion" (Gould 2005).
Ariana Grande pleads compassion for a
troubled Justin Bieber. Grande, 20, told listeners tuned in to 104.1 in
Boston that the situation with Bieber has gotten out of control. She was
addressing Bieber’s recent DUI arrest. Her comments speak to the range
of questionable behavior and actions that Bieber has displayed.
Grande and Bieber are good friends. She finds that people are showing
extreme insensitivity to a person going through serious challenges.
Grande views the critical remarks and misplaced humor by people
commenting on his mug shot as “ignorant.”
Using her position as a friend and a person who spends considerable
time on tour with Bieber as the opening act, she knows more about him
With words that one might expect from concerned and seasoned adults,
Grande expresses her take. She feels that Bieber has some serious
issues going on and that it is more than a kid messing around. Grande is
concerned as she pleads compassion for Bieber. She wants him to be okay
emotionally and physically.
Female friends of Bieber have had his back this week as he continues
to act out. Both Grande and Selena Gomez have made public comments
stressing that no matter what has happened between them in the past,
they want him to be okay.
This may be a case-in-point for girls maturing emotionally faster
than their male counterparts. It can also be viewed as friends looking
out for friends. It should be obvious to Bieber that he has people who
care about him.
Before speaking on air at 104.1 Grande sounded off in universal
terms grounded in a bit of Buddhist philosophy. She posted two tweets
in support of her friend. Calling for tolerance and compassion and
suggesting that people be less judgmental when others are down.
The second tweet called again for compassion when people are under
pressure. Grande reminded Twitter followers that everyone is human and
carries pressures in life.
There were no romantic tones to her verbal comments or her tweets.
What she is doing is displaying selflessness; there are not too many
people coming forward in support of Bieber.
Most are looking at his antics and wondering when and how things will
turn out. Bieber still has not gotten the message that he needs to have
a seat or even two, to get his head together. He is young and seems
left to his own devices to figure things out. There are people claiming
to be on his team that are not very vocal about what is needed to get
Bieber to a space where he can get the help he needs.
Grande is a friend that makes a bad day better because she is not
going to throw a friend to the wolves. There are those who may be
critical of her stance, but she seems grounded and able to make up her
own mind about how she feels.
Describing Bieber as “highly visible and extremely isolated” she
wants the best for her friend. It is good to know that he has people in
his corner because when he hits the ground, it is going to hurt. It
appears Bieber may be fighting inner turmoil. Money and fame do not
exclude anyone from having to deal with real issues at some point.
Grande is a young woman with a good heart and she pleads compassion for