Please, Stop the Hate

Please, Stop the Hate

We all matter, and we should treat each other like we do.
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We have so many tragedies occurring in our world today. Bombings, shootings, terrorist attacks -- and this leads to countless lives being lost. It's painful to see how many individuals are being affected by these events that are happening right in front of us. We are witnessing history, and it's not in a good way. The pure hatred we are seeing from not only groups such as ISIS, but also from people in our own country is nothing to be proud of. We have a man who wants to lead our country, who thinks that building a wall and kicking out immigrants will solve our problems. I'm sorry, but I don't believe that's how our country or our world works these days. We have to be able to cooperate with each other, to be able to come together and make a difference, and shutting others out is not the way to go about it.

We have movements against the hate crimes that are occurring: #BlackLivesMatter, #BlueLivesMatter, #AllLivesMatter, issues relating to transgender individuals, gay marriage, racism and so much more. I think it's sad that these even exist, because we shouldn't even be lashing out against certain groups. Honestly, do they even bother us so much that we need to start hate crimes over it? Just because somebody loves someone of the same gender, has a different skin color, or feels a different way about their gender doesn't mean that they are out to hate on straight white people (because they're not). They want to go about their lives normally like everybody else, but it's especially difficult for them, because they are afraid of the hate they might encounter. Nobody chooses their skin color, and if you think that if somebody could choose to be gay, then would they subject themselves to the bullying and hate that comes with it? Probably not. This is why these hate crimes are completely unreasonable, yet they are still happening nearly every day. It's because we can't stay out of other people's business and mind our own.

I know everybody is sick of seeing another shooting pop up on the news, or seeing a terror threat article on social media. Arguing back and forth over who is right and who is wrong is never going to help the cause either. I don't understand why we can't just cut out the hatred, and start to embrace each other with open minds and open hearts. We seem to be stuck in a certain way of thinking, and we need to break free of it. If we do, then maybe something will change for the better. Are we going to keep tweeting about how angry we are that nothing is changing, or are we actually going to try and support each other in fighting for equality? It's so much more ideal to love one another, and I know that right now that view isn't so realistic, but maybe one day it will be. I'm hopeful for this day. We all matter, and we should treat each other like we do.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?

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Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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