Never in my lifetime have I witnessed such blind hatred. Never in my lifetime have I seen hatred so freely and openly expressed. Never in my lifetime have I witnessed hatred shared by SO MANY people. Never in my lifetime have I seen hatred so widely considered socially acceptable.
My only experience with hatred of this magnitude comes from history books and news reports on countries that lack our freedoms and comforts. I never thought I would personally experience it. I never thought it would be in my own backyard. I never thought I would feel so powerless to stand up to it. I never thought I would feel so frightened for my future… For OUR future.
Hatred disguised as tolerance. Except I am not seeing or hearing any tolerance. All I see and hear are people with differing viewpoints being verbally assaulted and labeled with the word “intolerant” before they have even had the opportunity to speak. To explain their point of view. To even HAVE their own point of view.
Because why should you be given that opportunity when merely knowing it slightly deviates from their own is enough to know that it is WRONG? That YOU are wrong. Because if you DARE to question or disagree it means that you are racist/sexist/homophobic/xenophobic, etc. It’s just your “privilege” talking. Apparently, this “privilege” makes it socially acceptable to degrade and oppress you. Makes it ok to judge you before a word even leaves your mouth.
Whatever happened to the free exchange of ideas? Whatever happened to trying to see things from someone else’s perspective? Whatever happened to getting to know a person before judging them? Whatever happened to agree to disagree? Whatever happened to live and let live? Whatever happened to LISTENING to each other?
I keep seeing the phrase “social justice warrior” thrown around… but as far as I can tell, it’s just a fancy new term for a bully. A “politically correct” way of justifying intolerance. A badge to render anyone they disagree with as “the enemy”. A way to always be “right” even when they are completely in the wrong.
I wish I could fix the world, but it doesn’t work like that. All I can do is live true to my ideals and morals and hope the idea catches on.
Tolerance – “The ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.”
“Unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behavior that differ from one’s own.”