I Want to Start a Movement: Say No to Hate

When I was a teenager, every Saturday morning started with a family housework event.  We had jobs assigned by my dad, and could not leave the house until the chores were done. As the oldest child in the family, I also had the responsibility of taking our laundry to the laundromat every Monday. The laundry generated by our ten-person family filled every washer. On Saturdays, I was responsible for dusting shelves. Thankfully, that was an easy job, after the big laundry task the prior Monday.

How much housework can you really do in a few hours? Nothing was ever complete all in one day.  That is how I feel about social justice.

None of us may live long enough to finish what the world needs. If you wish for social justice for all, you may be disappointed.

I am starting something.   What if we all started something?

As one of the many steps to get hired at KenCrest, I took the Hogan. It’s a screening questionnaire to match my preferences to the people who have succeeded in jobs like this.

I did not like it.  There were several questions which asked me if I hate people who had specific attitudes. I do not hate people.  Since I believe strongly in freedom of speech, I appreciate differences in opinions. I have strong beliefs too and I may strongly disagree with someone but even when their attitudes are the opposite of mine, but I will not hate.

I ask all of you to think twice before jumping to conclusions when someone may disagree with your ideas – especially when you may feel hatred.

I ask that you consciously choose something else.  Here are some alternative choices to hate:

  • Listen beyond the facts. Listen for the feelings and impacts of injustices.
  • Say that you are truly sorry. There is no good explanation for injustice.
  • Choose to ask questions to deepen your understanding. Offer facts that are missing.
  • Don’t blame. Sometimes in the middle of pain, blame will be assigned, assigned without thinking.
  • Be a role model of kindness. In the midst of antisocial behavior, don’t copy it!
  • Reject the notion that hate achieves anything good.
  • Decide that if you dislike an idea or attitude, you will still care about the person involved.

Start something. Agree to care about justice, and say no to hate.

 

September 29th, 2017 Uncategorized
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