Let’s Be Understanding.

Regarding the election this year…

There is so much negativity being slung about aimlessly on social networks like Twitter and Facebook. Negative ads passed around, insulting images posted proudly about either candidate, and angry comments plastered everywhere.

People are also getting angry too quickly about stories of supposed conspiracy or racism, people too quick to blame an entire party or religion instead of the singular idiot who actually performed the racist comment or action.

Does anybody know or even care to know the secret of true peace?

Here it is… it’s no big secret.

It is UNDERSTANDING.

I read this quote pictured above when I was a teenager and didn’t understand it at all until I looked up the word “execrate” in the dictionary.

“Execrate” means TO HATE.

When I learned this, the quote had significant meaning to me. I immediately thought of the Jewish Holocaust, the KKK, and things like that. I thought about how if only people would stop to UNDERSTAND each other, maybe there wouldn’t be so much hatred. If you UNDERSTAND something, it is really impossible to hate it, fear it, or to make fun of it.

So, really, the answer to peace is UNDERSTANDING each other.

UNDERSTAND that we all have different beliefs and opinions, lives, experiences. When someone cuts you off on the road, maybe that person just wasn’t paying attention because he/she was thinking a big meeting first thing in the morning. Maybe that person had an argument with a spouse that morning and is just ticked off at the world right now. Is it really worth getting angry over the fact that someone cut you off?

Personally I also feel insulted by careless political-related images, comments and articles passed around that blatantly  insult my religion — expressions by people who do not understand Christianity at all. Understand that true Christianity is about love, understanding, and faith – not hatred – so if an individual Christian or group of Christians exhibit hatred, don’t blame the religion you don’t fully understand. Blame the hating individuals, and please understand that these hating individuals are NOT following their faith properly (they are not true Christians).

And as far as the election outcome that will soon be revealed…

Wednesday morning some people will be overjoyed and some people will be disappointed, and some people will be downright angry.

You can’t change how someone else feels.

But you CAN control how YOU react to feelings.

And you have the choice to be understanding or not.

So I implore America today and every day…

… TRY to understand each other.

And maybe someday we will experience TRUE change: a Land without hate.

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5 thoughts on “Let’s Be Understanding.

  1. right on, miss wendy. i can’t say that i’ve stayed totally understanding as i have “liked” things people have posted that are for my candidate, but i did decide early on to not post anything political or to post negatively on someone else’s post stating things i don’t agree with.

    things have gotten nasty this election. i’m not sure if it’s always been like this or if i’m just paying better attention. regardless, i have to to be understanding. there have been things that have made me angry and my knee jerk reaction was to “unfriend” someone because of it. i actually didn’t unfriend, but rather just decided to respect that person’s choice to believe as he or she wishes and to not partake in bashing.

    that’s not to be confused with me saying i think their choice is right or wrong (because if they made me angry, of course i don’t agree), BUT i can’t stand when people mock me and things i believe or like (beyond politics, religion, and hello kitty) so i choose to not be “that person” to someone else.

    • Great comment, Woz! Yes, my mantra is “treat others how you would like to be treated” so I restrain myself from commenting angrily on something that offends me (two wrongs don’t make a right), but lately I am VERY concerned when I see people fly off the handle too quickly over things. I guess this post is my reaction to the whole thing. Happy it will all be over soon, but a lot of people will be pretty grumpy after today when their candidate doesn’t win, whoever it is. Just praying for PEACE.

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