A quick little word about "hate." Seems that our culture goes from one "viral" story about "hate" to the next, vilifying anyone who says the slightest thing that runs against the current of popular "morality." Part of this is the quick access we have to anything someone says. People tweet out something or an interview segment gets tweeted and FB'd and soon everyone has an opinion about how so-and-so is a "hate-filled bigot."
Until the next "hate-filled bigot" shows up, that
will dominate the news. Ironically, it's almost like we're looking for
someone to hate. We relish the drunken ramblings of some formerly
wonderful movie star. We devour stories about some phrase someone gives
to a magazine interviewer. We rail over a comment off-camera from some
celebrity of whatever.
Maybe it's time to stop passing harsh
judgment on others and remember that when we raise our friendly finger
to someone in traffic... that's hate. When we say all sorts of "choice"
words in our head at the ____ who's blocking the line at the store ...
it's hate. When we think the worst of someone when we might not have all
the facts ... it's hate. When someone derides anyone on account of
their beliefs and treats them as lower than themselves, it's hate.
I'm fairly confident in saying that we're all guilty of being
hate-filled bigots to one degree or another. No one can claim that they
didn't treat someone poorly because they didn't like how they dressed,
acted or what beliefs they hold.
Imagine a world where we
accepted that others can hold a view different than us, and still
treated them with grace and love. Imagine if we didn't insist that
everyone needed to be convinced of our way of thinking before we treat
them nicely. Imagine if we all showed humility and understanding to
others, knowing that we all fall in many ways. Might be a little more
peaceful and positive in our culture. Might be a place where we didn't
see so many people in need of emotional healing.
Okay, I guess that wasn't a quick thought. But I hope this resonates with all my friends. Merry Christmas!!