by William Tozzi
In the proverbial race between love and hate, the haters appear to be leading the pack. It makes me wonder where all this hate and venom are coming from. Hate is certainly not in our genes, nor in our essence, so it has to be a learned condition. But where is everyone learning it? My opinion is it’s unwittingly being taught in the schools, colleges, and universities by ill-advised educators. It is also learned from the irresponsible and poisonous reporting by some in the media.
All of my life, I’ve embraced love as a means to achieve unity, to attain harmony, and a way to bring us all together, not to keep us apart. But recently love is has lost its meaning, its intent, its power, and its charm.
I’d love to make this world a better place, but love is no longer working. Everyone seems to be caught up in unrelenting and overpowering hate. There’s too much hate and bitterness in the world today, and I feel there’s nothing I can do about it. I’m totally overwhelmed by this condition. I feel helpless.
The culture of the world has changed. Hate is everywhere and has crept into everything. It can’t be avoided. The standards of courtesy and respectability used to be high. Now, they are low, almost non-existent.
I’m becoming tired of fighting hate and rage. It’s pushing me and others like me down the road to depression. The hate is endless. The word “love” is being removed from our vocabulary. Soon it will no longer be allowed by the politically correct police. I’m running out of options. Sadly, I’ve been left with no choice but to resort to uttering the words of that familiar adage: “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”
So, this means I’ll have to kiss my values and my independence goodbye, becoming part of the angry and hateful mobs. I’ll have to relearn what’s suitable for me and to redefine my basic instincts. Hate now will become a good thing and make me strong. Love will become evil, only for the weak.
I’m thinking it will take a lot of hard work and valuable time to be a successful hater. I will have to learn to associate with all the other haters and become just like them. I confess, I am not experienced in this area of negative thinking. I’ll have to surrender my soul and discard it with all my other baggage, such as kindness, understanding, and compassion.
By doing this, I’ll be proud to become the best hater ever. I might sink to an even lower level than all of the other haters and show them how horrible I can be. I will become so evil and hateful; I imagine the devil might even become jealous of me.
I will want to show them what real hate and venom can turn you into. I would go so low; the only direction left will be up.
I’ll learn, first hand, what hate can do to my outlook on life, lowering me down to the lowest standards of crudeness and indecency.
I wonder if I will enjoy becoming one of those lost and misguided fools. Can I gaze at myself in a mirror and be proud to be looking at the spiteful person I’ve become? Will I be happy spending the rest of my days devoid of love, kindness and understanding?
I DON’T THINK SO.
There is a problem with that scenario. No matter how hard I try to embrace hate, I will never be able to hold onto something so toxic, hazardous and harmful. There will always be something to be missing, and that something is love.
After recognizing the lack of wisdom contained in the aforementioned adage, I will never consider making the error of embracing hate. Therefore, my soul will always belong to me.
Besides, embracing love comes with a lot more benefits.
I guess I’ll have to focus on normal life where love is the answer, and will always remain the winner.
Copyright 2019, William Tozzi, Golden Pen Writers Guild, Santa Clarita, CA