To use some “street” lingo, which will probably destroy what little street cred I may have ever had, there’s a lot of hatin’ going on. Take for example reports that someone who apparently hates them some Bristol Palin sent a bag of a white powdery substance to the studios where Dancing with the Stars films along with a “nice” little note that read, “This is what will happen to you if Bristol Palin stays on [the show].” So, let me get this straight, whoever it was who sent this threat feels such a strong hate for Bristol Palin, that they feel threatening the lives of others is the correct way to express that hatred. I don’t think anyone is really worth this kind of action, especially a “D” list celebrity whose 15 minutes of fame are just about up.
Then there is Snoop Dogg’s Instagram post of his list on why he is voting for President Obama, and why he’s not voting for Mitt Romney. I suppose it was meant to be humorous, but when you read through his, umm, “rationale” then you can see that he has more than a certain level of disdain for the Republican candidate. Hey, I get it; I don’t particularly care for, well, either candidate to be honest, but really? Does wanting to beat the sh*t out of Mr. Romney absolutely have to be on the list and then disseminated to the entire world?
Finally there is this story coming from Italy where a politician named Antonio Piazza had been parking illegally in a handicap parking space for three months without incident. Then the unthinkable happened, an actual disabled person came upon the parking space just as the Mr. Piazza pulled into it. The disabled person asked if the very able Antonio would move his car, to which the very busy politician declined; so the disabled person phoned the police. The police “honored” Antonio with a citation of about $105; and so this incident should be over; but it wasn’t. The politician, Antonio Piazza, waited until the coast was clear and went back to the parking lot and slashed the disabled person’s tires. How do we know it was Mr. Piazza? Because the whole thing was captured on security cameras. The politician thankfully resigned after his hatin’ was exposed, so I guess that’s something.
I am simply baffled by the level of contentiousness and absolute intolerance that has become so pervasive here and apparently abroad too. Hey, I get it, people have differing opinions and beliefs and I believe everyone is entitled to have their own opinions and beliefs, but to go out of your way to threaten others, destroy people’s property, and resort to calling people names simply because you don’t agree with their views, opinions, and beliefs is completely counterproductive. Doing so only sows the seeds of divisiveness. It creates an “us” versus “them” mentality that will eventually spiral into such divided factions where there can be no hope of any rational discussions or compromise; if we aren’t already there.
We cannot continue down this road if each of us still wants to live in a relatively free society. This is because the irrational factions will strive to enforce and institutionalize what they believe, which takes away from those who don’t believe as that faction. Freedom requires tolerance and I think many will agree that there is entirely too much intolerance going on out there. Sadly though I fear that there are many more people who have entrenched themselves in one faction or another and are going to just toe their faction’s line, come Hell or high water; if this is what everyone wants we may not see the high water, but a measure of Hell is certainly a distinct possibility. Does Hell sound like a place anyone would want to live in? I hope not.
Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated. (Coretta Scott King)