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Another not-quite-a-book-excerpt [Jan. 20th, 2005|06:41 pm]
John
I call it quiet hatred.

It's not the loud hatred, the hatred that's obvious, and easy to spot, and thus, easy to combat. No, quiet hatred sits unseen, so it takes some looking to find it. All hatred is ugly; it's the nature of hatred to be ugly. Loud hatred is seen, and attacked... quiet hatred lies just outside of the vision, just outside of certainty. No one wants to look at it, because it's so ugly, so everyone is willing to accept that it's not really there... certainly not inside of themselves!

It's when you believe anything bad you hear. You probably suspected it all along!

It's when you turn anything good into something bad... or, at best, into something inadequate.

It's when you see one of "them" and will do anything to tear their words or thoughts or actions apart, to show how despicable they really are.

Liberals are weak; conservatives are warmongers.

Liberals want to tax everyone, all the time; conservatives don't give a damn about the poor.

Liberals love abortions; conservatives hate women's rights.

Liberals want to rip religion completely out of public life; conservatives want a theocracy.

The atmosphere in this country has turned toxic. The antidote is love, honor, tolerance, and respect.

You can't wait for it from the other side, right? They're all assholes, right? They'll never see the light; they're stupid and evil and hate everything good in this world, so they will never start this course on their own. So if it's going to start with anyone, it has to start with you.

Not because those horrible, awful people deserve it... but because you deserve it. Because you'll accept nothing less from yourself.

And then... then, when you look at those horrible, awful people, with love in your heart, honor in your spirit, and tolerance and respect ruling your actions, you'll be ready to teach them a lesson!

Except, suddenly, you'll be learning, instead. Love demands it; honor holds you to it; tolerance and respect remove the blockages.

And where there is real evil on the other side your rage will still burn, and where there is not, it will vanish. And, you'll want to help them - yes, help those you formerly thought were such despicable people - to toss out the bastards. Because no one deserves to have such people representing them.

It's time to take a stand, and fight... for the dream.
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[User Picture]From: iamjw
2005-01-21 11:50 am (UTC)
I like this very much.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2005-01-23 12:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you; though I wasn't thinking of you specifically when I wrote it, I did think you might.
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