I suppose it just isn’t how I was raised, but although I always try to understand other points of view, I feel like most people don’t do the same. Everyone is quick to hate someone not like them, and there is so much violence against minorities of all kinds right now. I’m so sad that people can’t just be nice to others.

It was, sadly, probably there all along. But the trend toward intolerance has been very disturbing and has seemingly become far more obvious and open. People don’t hide racism, misogyny, and bigotry, but nothing seems to be done about it. I don’t understand how this is acceptable to anyone. Even if it doesn’t impact you directly, it should still bother you. It takes little to just be a decent human being.

Many of these racists and bigots use religious beliefs to justify their hatred. This does not make it acceptable or good. Hatred is hatred. It is cruel. If your religious beliefs are directing you to commit acts of violence against others, that should be a warning sign. You need a new religion in that case.

Of course, that isn’t the only cause or origin. I won’t address all of them. That could take ages, but I would only ask that preconceptions about other groups, even if they are “good”, can be harmful. If you have to qualify your statement with “I’m not racist, but…”, then you probably need to rethink your statement. We are all human beings and deserve to be treated with respect. However, that does not give anyone permission to trample on the rights of others.

Some people, of course, think that means they get to tell everyone else what to do and how to live their lives. If any of those others decline to follow your way of life, that does not mean your own rights are being trampled. You don’t have the right to dictate what others do. And certainly don’t try to impose your religion on others.

Anyway, I’m done with haters. Just be nice to each other, okay?

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