Throughout the week, I’ve been trying to find opportunities in which to reduce hatred. I thought that I had done nothing to contribute to helping anyone this week and had trouble trying to come with a way in which I did. However, the I realized that the situation had already happened just a day ago. Saturday morning I was obligated to got to an event, where I had to meet new people and socialize with them in conditions that were meant to push the limits of our comfort zones. The opportunity came when I was forced to walk a tight-rope with a girl who had never done an activity such as this. She was scared out of her mind and because I had done this activity once before, I was paired with her. We had begun and when it got to our turn, we both climbed up the trees and she immediately began to freeze. I talked her over and directed her to how we would both maneuver in order to get across the tight rope together. Eventually, we got back on the ground and when she descended down I started to hear people criticizing her and calling her out for being scared. I spoke up, telling them that it wasn’t right to mock her and that the only the way the rest of the day would go smoothly was if everyone worked together without any negative energy towards one another. After that they stopped and she felt a lot better; she had gotten out of her comfort zone and had someone to stand up for her.
Overall, I felt good about how the situation worked out, mainly because she felt good afterwards. I think I made a real difference in the group and contributed a deeper level of trust between the group. It also build our communication skills with one another and made our group stronger. Of course this wasn’t the biggest event in stopping hatred but I feel as though when little steps are taken, it can lead to a great outcome. Hatred isn’t always some massive thing that effects everyone; sometimes it can be as little as calling someone a name, criticizing their talent or having repetitive confrontations. These things can be address and I felt like that was exactly what I did Saturday. I set an example and as a result of that I had a pretty good day. The rest of that day was absolutely wonderful and people were no longer called out for their mistakes or weaknesses.
Through this, it is easy to see that hatred isn’t always something big; it can exist in the simplest or places and situations. However, by trying to reveal and conquer this small hatred, it allows us better approach larger amounts of hatred that may come in the future. These small acts can also play vital roles in stopping hatred at the source and before it even get to spread; that is what I felt like I did Saturday. Hatred is something that everyone should play a part in reducing. That is how I helped reduce hatred in the past week.