Something has been churning at me for awhile. Frustrated with what is going on in the world. I don’t ever recall things being this bad twenty years ago. Maybe I didn’t pay attention back then. But today it is extremely hard not to pay attention. Truth be told sometimes I wish I could tune it out. I’m not even a cable subscriber and I see and hear the hate play out like a horror movie.
The hate is seen on Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, highways, grocery stores, schools, neighborhoods, even churches. It’s sad, disappointing, embarrassing, and shameful. All it does is spur more hate and animosity.
Perhaps, you are frustrated too. I know I am not alone but I just don’t see many advocates for what I am attempting to do. Hence, which is why I am going to try to express myself through this medium and hopefully connect with those that want to truly affect change.
I know we will not always agree. This is a good thing as it will provoke discussion. I will respect your opinions. Respect, or a lack thereof, is really the fundamental problem of what we are facing today. No one cares about the opinions, thoughts, or ideas of others. I, on the other hand, do. I want someone to tell me I am being naive and then explain why. I want to learn and grow. Sometimes the only way to do that is by being wrong.
It is my intention to address a broad list of topics. Personal relationships, politics, global events, and yes, even religion. What I have no interest in is self-help topics. Let me explain.
I am not talking about self-help in the sense that, for example, you are trying to better yourself at being a more giving person. In fact, if the world was filled with more giving and caring people then I wouldn’t be creating this blog today.
I am talking about the massive self-help genre that plague our book stores and internet. The topics that focuses on self-gain such as, making money, finding a job, finding your soulmate, etc. You know what I am talking about. These books and videos are everywhere and, frankly, I believe to be a part of the problem. There are isles upon isles in Barnes & Noble covering the self-help genre. However, there is only a small section about helping and being good to others.
It may seem like I am preaching. I suppose in part it is true. However, my goal is to bring self-awareness. Not through my effort alone, of course. I need your help. I am not a writer or journalist by trade. There are many things I don’t know. I make mistakes and I guess some would say and I would agree that I can be naive. That is where you come in. I need enlightenment and insight into how we all can be better to each other.
I want to stop hate. I can see how it seems like a childish endeavor. It sounds childish. But look around. Do you want to live in a hateful society? If we are all only self-interested, then that is where we will end up if we are not there already.