This has been a disturbing time for many people. Everywhere we look there is hate. Hatred takes various forms, but it of course flourishes once you’ve turned someone into “the other”. We show our hatred in many ways that are often considered “just culture”. When we bite into a steak the thought of the life of the cow never even enters our minds. When someone decides to kill an endangered animal, they truly do not consider the life of the animal. After all, we have been told from a young age that we, as humans, are on the top of the food chain. Actually, there is no scientific evidence to support that, but hey, culture. This is one form of hate that is everywhere and “cultural”. However, I want to specifically address hatred of the “other”.
This hatred bleeds into everything, from how people compare themselves to others, to every policy that a government supports. We can see this in the actions of the Third Reich to the U.S. policies ejecting the Chinese after they built the railroads. More recent behavior that is hateful is the denying asylum to children and adults seeking it. Yet, the most egregious policy is the separation of children and parents at the border, the subsequent “losing” of some of these children, and the inevitable deaths of some children.
Most people don’t ever examine their actions, much less try to decide whether or not those actions are hateful or not. I suggest that as a people, as a country, we take some time and examine this. After all, it’s not just what you say that matters…. it’s what you do that shows who and what you are. If you are at all interested in this topic, I suggest that you read the novel by Joseph Fink, Alice Isn’t Dead. It will make you think, and hopefully discover for yourself whether or not you show love, or hate toward others.