Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hate Overload

I was just about finished with this post, and I accidentally clicked something and it disappeared.   I've never had that happen on blogger before and it's a pity, because I'm sure it was Pulitzer worthy lol.  

What I lost, and will attempt to recreate, was a post about 'hate overload'.  

I know it's often about perception, but there seems to be a ton of hate around lately when the subject turns to us.   Check the news media.   

The Ugandan Pastor Martin Ssempa is still on his publicity tour for the "Kill The Gays" bill.  He's making the rounds on different talkshows spouting his "-gays are deathly beasts" ignorance to anyone who will listen.  

The 'Church of the Inbreds' we all know and love (Fred Phelps Westboro Bpts) has been dipping their webbed toes into the pool of new media with their parody of Lady Gaga's Pokerface.

Prop 8 is (still) back in the news again as it's legality is debated in court.

And if that isn't enough negativity, just wait until President Obama tackles DADT as he's expected to do this week in his State of the Union Address.  The Republican christian right shit is gonna fly.

Of course there are many many more examples, from marriage discrimination, to gay bashing but how can you list every disgusting one of them?   It's not just 'the other guy' either.  On a personal front I'm dealing with that horrible emotion of hate, regarding a never ending family drama........ and it makes me worried.

What does hate do to us?  

When others hate us, and we respond in kind, it colors every aspect of our lives, affects all our relationships, and takes a devastating toll on us physically, emotionally and spiritually.  It's perhaps the most dangerous emotion there is for what it inspires, creates and exacts from us as individuals, a culture and as a nation.

Is it wrong to hate?   In some instances I'd have to say no.  But once you justify it....I think the lines become blurred and a terrible snowball ensues.

Right now, I'm on "Hate Overload".


Kevin said...

I hope you'll be able to flick the overload switch to 'off' very soon.

I was just commenting on the increase of hate crimes and homophobia. It's disheartening to see news about Uganda's kill the gays bill. I get frustrated when what an obvious hate crime is diminished by police.

Hate is a wasted emotion. It takes far more energy to hate than it does to just not care.

The same goes for family and un-friends. Hating is fine, but isn't the idea of feeling absolutely nothing about someone (or something) enough to bring about that sweet release?

I think so, but that's just me.

Miss ya, babe!

Wonder Man said...

It is so ugly out there, however, things will get better

kris gilman said...

hate is dangerous. we see the affects of it in our community every day. I agree with wonderman though and things will get better. I think that is how we make it to tomorrow by moving past the hate and embracing love and hope.

Kyle said...

Hey Geoff, hate is one of the worst emotions to wield. It is unpredictable and the ultimate corruptive force; it is never the solution it promises to be either. Nothing darkens a heart, soul, or mind faster than hate. Sorry you are feeling the effects of hate overload. I wish I could say it will get better, but I think I'd be lying if I did.

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