I am going to go off my usual topic here. I just want to say how completely upset and concerned I am for this United States of America our once great nation. First though, I must admit I AM A FACEBOOK COMMENT READER!. There I said it and I’m not ashamed. I don’t often participate but I read them and I read a lot of them. Even the replies to the replies of replies, yep, I dig that deep. This is a time passing exercise I have been partaking in for a few years now. It is some of the best cheap entertainment there is! I will read and sit in amazement of people on a daily basis.
Now here is my concern. I used to read these comments along with the back and forth banter and get a laugh out of different, off the wall things people say. Arguments back and forth of folks trying to be heard or backing a particular stance that was made and for the most part I would have to dig pretty deep in a very controversial post to find a truly heated and angry, knife throwing fight. But something has shifted. As I read now, on even the seemingly most innocent of posts all I see is HATE. It’s hate revolving around race, religion, freedoms, financial status, hair color, mental capacities, location and the list goes on and on and on and on and………..you get my drift now.
People are hating everyone around them because they are different. What I see are people trying with all their might to make others believe in or think exactly like them. They will use hate filled words, profanity and name calling to get their point across and if they don’t see eye to eye well, there it is, HATE rears it’s ugly head. We disagree; therefore, we must hate one another.
As I read it seems to me that people have become so SELF aware,SELF oriented and SELF involved that they can’t see past the nose on their face in order to feel or even attempt to understand anyone else. It has turned into a forum not for fun or mild disagreement or just to learn about what is out there but for making you believe how I believe. In the back of my mind I’m hoping some of it would never happen in a face to face confrontation. I think the safety of being on a computer in our living room gives us a little more courage to behave so badly. But all the anger I see and read can’t be contained for too long before it explodes out of the computer.
I do not understand why we can’t see each other as different, unique and important. Each an every one of us on this planet is here for a purpose (and it’s not to make us all morph into basically the same person). We have differences, we don’t have the same beliefs, upbringing, religion or even country. But do our differences mean we have to hate? Racial and religious tensions in this country are higher than I have seen in my lifetime (and I’m almost 1/2 a century old!!). It seems like only a matter of time before this country is completely divided once again, history repeating itself just one more time.
We as a human race have got to stop the hate and replace it with LOVE! Political correctness and tolerance seem to have done nothing but make tensions worse. We need to move beyond that and freaking LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR! If we could only figure this out. This is one thing I would like for us all to have in common! Just think if we love one another like we should, we could have that disagreement and it would be okay. What’s more, if I love you I will do my best NOT to hurt you. I will take your feelings and your needs into consideration. I will think of what my words or action are doing to you. I won’t degrade you, call you names or demand things from you that you aren’t willing to give.
It breaks my heart to see this great country treating each other so horribly after all, this country is just that….a melting pot of differences and part of what make it so amazing. The hate going on is toxic and creating so much separation that I worry it can never be overcome. I have 2 teen daughters and I fear a sad and dismal future for them if we can’t, as a nation, turn off all of this hate. I pray I do my part. I pray for my family, I pray for you my neighbor and my brother. I pray for your well being and safety and as for this wonderful country, I do pray that the Lord help us!!
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