By Grady Smith
April 04, 2012 at 09:16 PM EDT

Headlines about bullying may continually dominate the news cycle, but Kris Allen hasn’t given up hope that people might learn to love each other.

In the just-released video for “The Vision of Love,” the first single off the eighth American Idol winner’s sophomore album, Allen pleads with youth to “stand for the vision of love” as clips are shown of an abused young man and an introverted teen girl.

The video suggests, optimistically, that “standing up” doesn’t need to be a dramatic, difficult action — one student puts a hand up and stops his friends from harassing another, while our lonely girl learns how to overcome her self-doubt simply by taking off her headphones and introducing herself.

Check it out below:

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