Stirring people up is not a strength of mine. I don't pick verbal fights with other people because I don't know that I would win. Granted, my tongue is a touch acerbic at times; however, as we get older, I realize being a smart-ass doesn't always win the argument. Some people actually use KNOWLEDGE to prove their point. Who woulda thunk it?
So, I'm vanilla and I don't like agitating the masses...so why do I hate people?
I'm so, so over the polarizing of humanity.
I hate Republicans for assuming all Democrats all freaky liberals who want to spend everyone else's money on their pet causes. I'm tired of them questioning the birth certificate of the President. I'm beyond over them trying to scare voters with religion and "what is our world coming to?" propaganda.
It's not that simple. There are principles on both sides that make sense. I don't want anyone imposing their morals on my life, so why should I do that to someone else? At the same time, basic economic principles dictate your output can't be larger than your input. Not rocket science, right?
At this point I can't even have rational conversations with people relating to government. Used to, people would argue every four years, then go back to playing nice until the next election. Not so anymore. I don't even dare go near anything political because it's fraught with peril. Therein lies the danger.
If we can't have open discourse with people whose views vary from our own, we will never learn anything. Sometimes you have to open your mind, no matter how set it is, and think about what the other side has to say. You may walk away and still think they're whacked out. But...You might find some merit in what they are saying. You might find something that jives more than what you currently believe. It might be different than what you were raised to believe, but that's okay. If we didn't try to learn and grow, the Earth would still be flat and at the center of the Universe.
Maybe I don't hate people. Maybe I hate the monsters we become when someone disagrees with us. Alas, you probably shouldn't hate people, either.