Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Why Hate?

Why would someone go through all the trouble to spill bile on the internet? Why send hate?

I see a lot of hateful anonymous messages to people on various websites, especially towards young women and transgendered people. Why?

It seems to me that a person would, most likely, be grappling with some trials or tribulations in their lives, or even mental health issues, to feel the need to relieve themselves of their hate on a blog or in a comments section of a news story.

So should we send hate back? 

No. 

There's something wrong with a hateful person. Instead of sending hate back to them, why don't we try sympathy instead? Instead of lowering ourselves, why don't we take the high ground and offer a few loving words? Why not wish them well and send the message that we hope they overcome whatever hardship they must be experiencing?

It may be harder to do than to just knee-jerk lash back at them, but I think it would be well worth it, whether you believe in karma or sin or anything or nothing. If nothing else, it’s better for your state of mind.

"The things you do for love are going to come back to you one by one."
- The Mountain Goats "Love Love Love"