A Culture of Hate

To prelude this post, be aware I am not surprised by what I am about to describe. It does not shock me, or baffle me, or confuse me. It merely disappoints me.

Most people I meet are not overwhelmingly hateful. In fact, I'd go so far as to say most people are fairly decent--outwardly. Their public persona is at least acceptable for the American status quo

But there are some folks that don't put on a show. They don't fake it. They wear their hatred on their shoulder like a big, beautiful boy scout badge--displaying it for all to see.

Regardless of whether you're an introvert or extrovert about your hatred, you should still be reading this and asking yourself if the time and energy you spend hating stuff is justified.

What's more sad is that, for some people, hatred is their most cherished form of entertainment. They engage with their friends about how much they hate someone or something and maybe even take to social media or blogging to spread their hatred far and wide.

Now let's pause for a minute, because some of you follow me on social media or maybe read this blog regularly; and you know that I am against things. I stand against certain ideas, actions, and motives.

I hope you don't consider this hypocrisy. In my mind, standing against something is very different from hating it. Having a strong opinion doesn't equal hate. Equating a strong stance on an issue with hate is an erroneous extreme that damages our society, but that's not the topic today.

Today, this post is for you that think it's your job to hate everyone that disagrees with you.

Let's paint a picture of American culture.

If we're not careful, Republicans hate Democrats. Libertarians hate Democrats, and Democrats hate all non-Democrats. We hate the governor, the mayor, the president, the CEO of our company, the drive-through attendant at our favorite fast food restaurant, and the TV preacher that lathers himself with cash while leading astray the helpless (or not so helpless) masses.

If we don't restrain ourselves, Christians can hate homosexuals, and homosexuals might hate Chick-fil-A. Creationists hate evolutionists (whatever that is), and evolutionary biologists despise the existence of intelligent design proponents. People from New York hate people from Alabama, and folks from Georgia hate people from Arkansas. 

It's all so stupid.

Not that we can't or shouldn't have disagreements, but why must we resort to such low-minded bludgeoning of those who differ from us?

I have most certainly been guilty of this. 

I might be one of the worst offenders.

But I am growing up and growing old. I think back to how unproductive and hurtful most of my hate campaigns have been. I still hold my opinions, and I will still engage in a friendly discussion about those opinions; but not to the detriment of destroying human dignity.

And as I've learned this over the years, I've encountered so many people who are just like I was in years past.

They feel the best way to convey their message is to attack, humiliate, and denigrate anyone who isn't wonderful enough to be accepted in to their clique.

If you think about how painfully narcissistic that is, it might make you think twice about doing it. 

You surround yourself with people that look similar to you, act similar to you, live in similar neighborhoods, dress similarly, have similar education, have similar viewpoints, have similar socioeconomic statuses, and might even prefer the same beverages as you. Then you label these people "the best" and wish napalm rain upon everyone unworthy to be just like you. 

After all, you and your opinions are the apex of human existence. We should all be so lucky to be like you.

If you are motivated by your cause to hurt people, physically, mentally, or emotionally, then you are hateful.

Your exclusive club of people just like you (in the areas that you deem important) are either just as shallow as you, or they are faking it to avoid the reign of terror they've seen you unleash on all non-conformers.

Your silly little ideological kingdom will soon crumble.

I suggest you start learning to love and enjoy those who disagree with you. Treat them with dignity and respect. You can disagree with them vigorously or point out what you perceive as errors in their ideas and actions. That's not hate.

Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend...

You can step on someone's toes and still be their friend.

But as soon as your "correction" becomes insults, humiliation, and attacks, you are no longer a friend--you're a jerk.

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