posted on Jul, 25 2014 @ 12:04 AM
All the hate in the world saddens me immensely. There is seemingly nowhere to turn anymore without seeing some form of it, even in children's fare.
There's always going to be the sports brand of unbearable distaste for someone rooting for the other team (or the other team itself), but fortunately
that is most often tempered with a pinch of common sense and/or at least a modicum of tolerance. Everyone north of the Mason Dixon is expected to
"hate" Texas or Texans, but this also is understood to be somewhat deserved or accepted as an intangible sensation and not necessarily a true
Besides, it's not our fault that God made Texas better than the rest of the world. But, I digress.......
What I struggle with is the large portion of the population that seemingly cannot function daily without a tangible concrete target at which to hurl
their bottomless contempt. There are two that rule the airwaves and news outlets today. Racism and the liberal-conservative polar opposites. I was
adopted as an infant and as was the custom of that period those records have been sealed all of my life. I will never know if I am Caucasian,
Hispanic, Black, Martian, or whatever. However, as I have a darker complexion than a lot of people, it has often been assumed I am of some Spanish
heritage. As my adoptive parents were about as white as they could get, that was the culture I was raised in. The result was the Hispanics would
discriminate against me because they believed I obviously preferred to be white, and the whites who harbored ill will towards the Hispanics included
me. I have therefore spent my life at odds with basically all races and a true outsider. Be very certain that I was taught from the first moment I can
remember that any form of racism or intolerance of people or cultures different from my own experience was unacceptable on every level. If anyone has
a "right" to discriminate, I stake my claim against all races.
But I don't believe a word of that.
I believe we were all created equal just like my adoptive parents said we were. I believe I had to work for all I have and when things haven't gone
my way I had the ability to overcome and more times than not, it was my own doing. I am aware of instances where race was used against me, but I
never, ever dwelled on that. Those individuals owed me nothing, and I returned their hatred with compassion. Oddly, the ones who would never change
their views had more trouble with my attitude than if I had leashed out in retaliation. The ones who paid attention sometimes made life altering
decisions. Not because of me, but because of what was right and what was wrong.
I am not ashamed to say that I do have some prejudice in me, though. I have a great intolerance for bigots and racists but I will still turn the other
cheek as long as I live. My personal morality has nothing to do with their opinion of me. I have seen repeatedly how greeting "hatred" with" love"
is by far the best opportunity to help them see room for improvement in themselves. Of course, I can always do a little better myself so maybe we can
Liberals/conservatives? Isn't there enough things in this world to debate and gnash teeth over without this blind pathway? It seems to me that over
the last five, ten, maybe fifteen years this void has become wider by the moment. No longer can a societal or political disagreement over values or
beliefs be settled over a spirited but civil debate. Instead, it's my way or no way and never the twain shall meet. I still struggle to comprehend
hatred of a church or Christians solely because they have beliefs. If a Christian or follower of God as I know Him cannot understand that not everyone
is going to see the world through their eyes and just move on in a constructive manner, then they are not conducting themselves in the manner required
to be called "Christian". These people are inviting criticism. This still does not allow for open season on Christians from the opposite viewpoint.
If you don't want God in your life, then why can't you accept that others may? Acceptance. Tolerance. That's ultimately what you want, right? Give
We are a diverse people. Personally, though I am probably considered a staunch conservative and Republican, I strongly disagree with the proliferation
of guns. But that is MY decision for MY family and I don't expect you to live your life just to please me. If you want guns in your home, that is
your decision. We may not spend a lot of time in each other's houses but we can get beyond this. We need to be better than that. I look at the
political landscape the US government and I almost lose all hope. The Republican and Democrat hierarchy is unquestionably holding our nation hostage
refusing to budge on even the smallest of issues. We are currently paying millions upon millions in the executive and legislative branches for next to
zero return. There is not the slightest hint of even bringing desperately needed legislation to a vote because the Republican controlled House knows
the Democratic controlled Senate will not pass the same bill. Although, as I have stated, I am correctly identified as Republican, it worries me to
think that Republicans could take control of both houses in November and then bulldoze over what's left of the Constitution because there won't be
enough votes to stop them. These people were elected to negotiate, bargain, and settle legitimate political disputes for the benefit of those who
hired them with the power of their vote. Not for bragging rights. Not for punitive reasons. Not to line their pockets or even the pockets of their
specific domain. And absolutely, definitely, positively not to the detriment of the country by "leaders" too immature to acknowledge merit where it
is due. I taught my children at a very young age that you don't pick your toys up and go home over a silly disagreement with their peers. I am proud
to say that my fourteen year old appears to understand that better than virtually all the politicians I can think of.
What do we do? Live a moral, true to oneself life. Live a life you want your own kids to emulate and strive to leave a better place for them. True,
very few if any of us will ever to make change alone. But if someone sees you living your life honorably maybe they will want some of that contented
peace of mind. They can be an example for the next person, then the next cycle begins, and so on and so on. If your children or your legacy aren't
enough reason for you to live a life of acceptance then find something that is. I want to believe that no rational person wants to heap more misery on
themselves and their family than life is capable of bringing without pouring coal on that fire. If every good, almost good, potentially good, or even
moderately possibly good person were to live their lives with integrity and abandoning hatred for hatred's sake then the world could be a much
different place as early as tomorrow. If not, we work towards the day after and never surrender until we get there.
The people I choose as close friends have this character. Do you?