When dealing with hatred there are a lot of aspects to look. The main question still stands though: Why is there so much hatred? I believe that the primary cause of hatred is ignorance. Ignorance is everywhere and everyone is ignorant of something. I’m not saying that people, as a whole, are stupid but I am saying that on many occasions people fail to accept, or even recognize, others’ opinion. Throughout history violence, war and crimes have been caused due of some type of ignorance to another’s perspective. For instance, during period where Christianity first arose, many were killed, beaten and tormented. Their belief of God wasn’t widely believed, therefore they were doomed to suffer terrible consequence due to other people’s ignorance. More examples exist in my everyday life in classes. There are constant confrontations happening daily, and the source lies behind two different opposing ideas. Ignorance has existed throughout all of mankind, and where there are a group of people, there will always be ignorance.
I personally believe that we that we can’t completely get rid of hatred; it’s in our nature and there’s no denying that. However, there are hypothetical ways in which we can reduce hatred. I previously said that hatred is primarily caused by ignorance, but if people, as a community, become more understanding of others then hatred will drastically decrease; in other words, everyone just needs to have a stronger sense of empathy. However, as this whole thing is entirely hypothetical, I don’t think people could work that well together in order to reduce hatred. As the population grows, the amount of hatred grows with it-meaning that the amount of hatred in the world is always steadily increasing. This is why I don’t really believe that hatred can be reduced. People can’t get along well enough and ignorance is always a mental wall in society’s way of thinking.
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.