There is ignorance in every country, religion, mentality, everywhere. Some are not aware, and some choose not to be. Opinions are as different as the people who have them, and no matter what you do, you can not change that. To insist someone change their opinion to match yours is the seedling to tyranny. Do you really want to walk that path? Yes, it is distressing to see hatred, intolerance, racism, and bigots. But we can no more change them, than they can change us to their way of thinking. It must be accepted, that some people simply will not change. It is not in their nature. They would sooner die, than change their views. So should you simply kill them? Of course not, because that would result in a never ending genocide, because as I said, we are all different. So if you are willing to put a KKK member to death purely for his bigoted views, where will it end? Kill those who are abusive and sexist? Kill those who are intolerant to religions? Kill those who refuse to recycle? There are many things in this world that could be changed for the better, but there will always be those who simply will not change. And no matter how it grinds inside our hearts, we must accept this.
I ask you to consider this. What are your views? Do they conflict with others? Most likely. Because you exist, you have uniqueness, someone, somewhere, will hate you because humans are judgmental creatures. What worries me, is the shocking shift in tone of differing view points as of late. Religious wars have been a constant in humanity, and thus, not shocking. The intolerance against homosexuality, transgenders, or really, any thing not considered “normal” or “average”, is something I grew up with, so I know it well. What concerns me the most, however, is the level of hatred and intolerance coming from what was once the persecuted side. Of course, retaliation is to be expected. Deep wounds leave aching scars, and we yearn for vengeance. But one would think the enslaved would empathize with the imprisoned, and would be slow to pass that suffering onward. And yet, I see such aggression, intolerance, incalculable rage towards “normal”, most certainly from places on Tumblr. I have seen great anger aimed at those who are straight, coming from those who are not. I have seen it towards those who are “CIS”, from those who are not. Of course this is not a rampant thing, but I have witnessed it enough times to see a pattern forming. Those who were once the objects of a witch hunt are turning on the dogs of war and hunting right back. I can understand this ideology. Give as good as you got, and all. But what are you proving with this behavior? You only continue cycle of hatred and intolerance by rejecting anything that isn’t “you”. My words can not change the tide of human will, but I hope to perhaps stem it, guide it in a more positive direction. I encourage pride in oneself. Be you, be proud of it. But do not hate what is not you. Accept it, or become the tyrant you once rebelled so fiercely against.
As an ending point, we today have gone great lengths to abolish shame. “Be proud of who you are, all of you.”, which is a concept I agree with. But I ask you this: If you have no shame, what then, encourages you to better your self?