A Simple Question With A Difficult Answer…?
This week I have decided not to write a long post. I will keep it quick, but I need you to help me understand…
As always, I would like to note that this is not a politicly charged post —- while the topic might be a hot topic on the hill, this is a question that I have a personal interest in, I do not speak for anyone other than myself. I have a passion to find a way to make the world a better place —- I believe that understanding each other is the first step.
I know that we all have different backgrounds, come from different places, grew up with different rules + values, we see the world through our own eyes + we can only know what it is like to be in our own shoes. I understand that we are afraid of the unknown, don’t like change + sometimes it is easier to be afraid of those that look differently than we do —- especially those who’s physical appearance depicts their ideals + religious beliefs different than our own.
Why do we hate on each other so much? Even if we get past the religious differences, past the skin color, past the differences in sexuality…. then we start to pick on body size. She is too skinny, he is too fat. “Why is that hot girl out with that dorky looking guy —- oh, he must have money, he is paying her” blah… blah… blah… I am not claiming to be perfect, I have participated in the joking + I know that saying inappropriate things, even in a joking manner, can stir up a lot of trouble + continues to encourage the stereotyping of those that are different than us.
So, my question is this:
Why do we have to hate the unknown instead of educating ourselves to grow + become more open people? Do you know that when you cut us open we all look the same on the inside? So what makes some of us better than others + where does all the hatred come from?
***As always, feel free to leave a comment. I am always open for discussion, even when our differences are so different. But please keep in mind that this is a topic for discussion not hate. Any comments deemed inappropriate will be taken down. Thanks!
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
- Audre Lorde
“We go on and on about our differences. But, you know, our difference are less important than our similarities. People have a lot more in common with one another, whether they see that or not.”
- William Hall
Have you ever been in a position where someone made you feel uncomfortable because of their opinions? Someone once told me that the law passing for transgender HUMANS to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with, was the scariest thing —- the theory being, that someone would claim ‘transgender’ to prey on our children. I was thrown off-guard and all I could answer with was something along the lines of … “SAY WHAT?!”
After collecting my thoughts a few minutes later, I took some time to try to explain to said person, that there is no one who would undergo the scrutiny, harassment + general unacceptance that comes along with such a difficult decision + life altering change. There are many more ways to prey on our children — especially because “normal” people don’t have eyes on them all the time!
I believe that we are all the same on the inside —- let’s treat each other the same on the outside.
JUST A REMINDER, ONE LAST TIME:
***As always, feel free to leave a comment. I would love to hear about your experiences + opinions. I am always open for discussion, even when our differences are so different. I really do want to learn + have a conversation, I want to know how + why we have different beliefs… But please keep in mind that this is a topic for discussion —- NOT HATE.
Any comments deemed inappropriate will be taken down. Thanks!