It is a universally accepted fact that it is impossible to be “good” all of the time. It is impossible. Period. Anger, frustration, irritation, and hatred all seep in from time to time. Every one of us is guilty of treating a fellow human being with something less than the full measure of respect that he or she deserves. Every one of us has shouted at a pet or scared away an animal that wasn’t interfering with us.
Every one of us can– at times– get so swept up in the tide of hatred, of politics, of shouting back and forth that we forget that the other side is, in fact, just as human as we are. Just as deserving of love, and what’s more, craving love and acceptance just as much as we do.
We see hatred every day around us.
The Chick-fil-a debates.
The presidential election.
The Trayvon Martin case.
The Aurora shooter.
The Sikh temple shooter.
Everything we experience is framed as an us versus them mentality
Democrat vs. Republican
Christians vs. Non-Christians
Black vs. White
Gay vs. Straight
Americans vs. Non-Americans
Immigrants vs. Citizens
Rich vs. Poor
There is so much hate it can be overwhelming at times. No major religion has “hatred” as a major tenant, and yet every major (and minor) religion, at times, has practiced hate. Factions of every major religion currently practice hatred in some way TODAY.
At the end of the day, what does hate bring us; more hate, death, suffering, guilt, discontent, and a deep spiritual sense that something is wrong.
And so, a proposal. Instead of hate, why not love? Love, period.
Why is it impossible to disagree with your neighbor and yet love him at the same time. Why is it impossible to look at a person who is different and see, instead of something terrifying and unknown, a fellow human being who deserves your respect?
It shouldn’t be impossible, and it isn’t impossible.
The proposal is built on one tenant, and one tenant only: Love.
Love for your fellow man, love for the animals walking on the earth, love for the earth itself.
It is impossible to be good 100% of the time, but imagine how far we could go if we tried.
How did you show your love today?