What burns you?
Ignorance? Stupidity? Negativity?
I consider myself a rather mild-mannered person.
You’ll find me whistling Dixie long after your neighbor has lost his patience.
You’ll find me cheerful much longer than the majority.
But some things really, really irritate me.
And I am here to blog about it right now–just because I’m annoyed.
What, you ask, burns me?
What burns me more than anything is broad-based intolerance.
Intolerance for certain groups.
If you hate Muslims, Jews, Swedes, Arabs, Chinese or Australians.
If you choose a group of human beings and willy-nilly apply judgment.
If you willy-nilly apply judgment just because certain sub-divisions of the group have exhibited stupid or ignorant behavior.
Because–my dears–none of us belong solely to a group. We might have been born to Caucasian parents, or Russian parents, or Indian parents–but we’re first and foremost individuals with unique characteristics.
We can’t help to whom we’re born.
Every group contains liberals, conservatives, positives, negatives.
Every group shines with glory and stinks with dung.
It hurts me to the utter core when friends–sometimes good friends–take a group and apply a single label. They’ll bellow “BAD!” and refuse to see that every group shines with love, hate, joy, sorrow.
I sometimes sit and mourn. Haven’t we seen enough of this? Remember when Tutsi’s were all labeled bad? And thus was born the Rwandan genocide. Remember when the Jews were bad? And thus was born Hilter’s holocaust?
Over the centuries this has happened again and again. Tutsi’s or Jews or Native Americans or Pakistanis or Koreans…the finger points and labels “bad”…and war ensues.
What burns me is when a group of people is labeled “bad”. And our minds do not see beyond individual horrors, beyond individual terrorists, beyond individual acts. Then dozens or hundreds or thousands of peoples are labeled and categorized and eventually possibly killed because our minds refuse to see individual variants of good and not-so-good.
I want to beg the people who are labeling entire groups as “bad” to reconsider. To see the truth. To see the truth of individuals.
Yet sometimes this seems so hard. A mind that can label a group of people as suspect, as “bad”, is already a mind that has closed a decisive door.
And my heart breaks. Again and again and again.
Does this break your heart too?