What cure to a world of hatred?

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Monday night as I drove down my street after work, I noticed that a neighbor had put up a home-made sign in his front yard.  A rainbow flag with the word “Got Love?” on it.

A lovely sentiment, but can we rise to it?

Not exactly sure when the worm turned, but DAMN, we live in a hate-filled world.

Yeah, it can be argued that such has been the case long ere this, but today, capped by the atrocities in Charlottesville, hatred is at fever-pitch.  Every-damn-where you turn.

I’m not here to debate blame, be it the “liberal” media, law enforcement, the Trump Administration, the KKK, Neo-Nazis, radical Islam, Facebook trolls or your racist Uncle Joe; that’s being dissected the world-over, including by many of my sage compatriots here at Chicago Now.

I can’t value-add to that discourse.  But I feel so impotent, so itching to do something.

John Lennon used to say, “Think globally but act locally.”

Former House Speaker Tip O’Neill opined that “all politics is local.”

Crosby, Still and Nash preached, “Teach your children well.”

Even hot-mess-yet-talented Michael Jackson had one fine thought, in his song Man In The Mirror – “If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.”

Sensing a theme?

The most “local” you can get is yourself.   There – and only there – is where change begins.

Certainly, Nazis are pathetic, misguided assholes.  The KKK are benighted, sick fools.  Misinterpreted Sharia law is oppressive bullshit that never could stand here.  Anti-Semites are ignorant morons.

And every one of these weak-minded shitheads learned what they believe from someone else.  Parents.  Friends.  Co-workers.  So-called “religious” leaders.  Every hater comes in contact with another who somehow validates and fuels their hatred.  Or, as they sang in the song You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught from the musical, South Pacific:

You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear,
You’ve got to be taught from year to year,
It’s got to be drummed in your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught.
You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade,
You’ve got to be carefully taught.
You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You’ve got to be carefully taught.

Please don’t let that “teacher” be you!

Instead, teach and exhibit tolerance.  Compassion.  Empathy.  Stand up for what is right – to Hell’s gate, if need be – and don’t back down.  Do it with intelligence, not violence.  But do it.  There is death in complacency.

Love may not be all you need, and peaceable existence, an oasis in the distance – but aim for them, we must.

The alternative is a sick world of increasingly toxic hatred.  Which cannot – and will not – come to good end.


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  • Well said, Michelle. I feel exactly the same.

  • In reply to Very Terry:

    Thank you, Terry. And a belated very happy birthday to you!

  • Very well done, Michelle. The "South Pacific" song is perfect for the moment. Thank you.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thank you, Margaret. Unfortunately, none of this has any easy solution. But we have to try.

  • I loved reading this, it was balm to my soul.

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    ..... as yours was to mine, milady. Thank you.

  • This was perfect! Sharing. . .

  • In reply to Carole Lago:

    Thanks, Carole. We have to do SOMEthing - and it must be non-violent - as much as I'd like to bitch-slap each and every neo-Nazi and KKK member, then put them on a one-way space shuttle.

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