It seems that at least for the last twenty months or so I have enemies who rant against my view of the world. They come at me with a “love it or leave it mentality. How dare I say some of the things I do. Will those who spew out all the hate via social media eventually destroy themselves as the quote here indicates?
Hate is a self-consuming thing. It will eat you alive if you wallow in it too long and that seems to be what so many of the current ranters are doing They troll the Internet looking for places to strike. If it happens to you the question is will you return tit for tat or will you take the proverbial high road? From a personal standpoint my first reaction is to attack my attacker, but in most cases I just let them rant with no reaction from me. All I end up doing to delete their comment before it shows up on the blog. If I engage them they just stay around longer as they know they have an audience.
Moving to a higher level with this thought, it was not that many years ago that I believed that I didn’t have any enemies, at least as I defined that word then. Yes, I frequently view the world differently from others but that was just a difference of opinion between us, it didn’t make us enemies. Now those differences seem to have become points of serious contention for some and the difference between friend and enemy.
Why do so many now need to villanize anyone who thinks outside their tunnel vision view of the world? Will the rigid Us vs Them mentality preclude any possibility of reconciliation between us? That seems to be the question for our current times. I pray this is a trend and not the new standard. What do you think?