I just don’t get it, and I pray that I never will understand it. I don’t understand why when two people disagree it has to become so personal. I fully believe it is possible to disagree with a person and still act like a decent human being toward them. There is no need for name calling, there is no reason to question someone’s intelligence.
I don’t believe that all Muslims are terrorists.
I don’t believe that all Christians are guiltless.
I don’t believe that all Democrats are evil.
I don’t believe that all Conservatives have my best interest in mind.
I can be concerned about radicals from any religion without hating people. Just as I am not bothered by those who worry about radical Christians. Killing an abortion doctor is murder and negates the very thing you are trying to protect… life. I also don’t believe that everyone working in an abortion clinic is inherently evil, because I truly believe that MOST of them think they are doing the right thing, helping. Whether I agree with what they are doing or not.
I believe that MOST cops are good and decent people, but that there are a few bad apples. I’ve never been one to allow a few bad apples to spoil the bunch. That said I don’t begrudge anyone who has had life experiences that make them weary of those who are in authority. Authority has been abused, and we can’t ignore that… just as much as we can’t blame everyone.
I believe that MOST people who say and do stupid and careless things are not doing them intentionally. Perhaps they don’t have the same life experiences to understand cultural sensitivities or realize that certain topics are just taboo. I know that I am guilty of slinging words carelessly, regardless of what my intention was. I’ve received some sharp words that cut deep, and I’ve had to weigh them against the person who unleashed them.
I tend to give the benefit of the doubt, forgive a lot, and I am growing more unoffendable every day.
I have a myriad of friends from different backgrounds, culturally and politically. They have had life experiences of their own, or been influenced by tales of generations before them. There are those who have walked hard roads, and others who have had it pretty easy. This means with the current events hitting the news, well … it means I am hearing a lot of people’s perspectives and opinions. I don’t mind conversation, disagreement, and even some stubbornness. What is getting harder to accept is the cold, hard, and callous words people are choosing to use.
So much hate. Why can’t we share our opinions and concerns with out broad generalizations? Why must we assume guilt on everyone because of what a few have done? Why can’t we even accept that we may have the slightest chance of being wrong (in part or in total)?
Why the harsh words? Not feeling the love that we have be called to share with the world… particularly by those who are my family in the faith. 😦