Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hate! Hate! Hate!

Today's Link

Today's Saying
Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat. ~Henry Emerson Fosdick

Today's Picture
Ella finding and eating from her Easter basket

I hate that Group

They dragged the young man to the tree and hung him.
Because he was black.
They hated blacks
They threw the old grandma and grand daughter on the train and sent them off to die.
They were Jews.
They hated Jews.
The dragged the little guy to the public square and killed him.
He was a Christian
They hated Christians.
When you hate the group they cease to be human.
They cease to be real like you.
They cease to be good.
They cease to have feelings.
It is okay to kill them.
I have some friends who would wring their hands and denounce all the actions described above.
They know better than that.
But they have the groups they hate . They just aren’t the same.
My liberal friends (not all of them) pour out hatred every day.
They know the group it is called conservative.
In their eyes all Republicans belong to the group.
Every day they insult , demean the group.
They rejoice at every bad event that happens to the group.
The group is fascist. It hates the poor. Made up of hypocrites. Greedy people who ruined the economy.
They don’t have to hear them.
They don’t see them as people.
They are part of a group.
They hate the group.
My conservative friends ( not all of them) pour out hatred every day.
They know the group it is called liberal.
In their eyes all Democrats belong to this group.
Every day they insult, demean the group.
They rejoice at every bad event that happens to the group.
The group is socialist. It would enslave us. Destroy the very things that made America great.
They don’t have to hear them.
They don’t see them as people.
They are part of a group.
They hate the group.
But in truth the groups are only in our minds.
We create them to have somebody to blame.
Because they are evil we are good.
We are right and they are wrong.
We need a group to hate.
But hate destroys the one who hates . Little by little the soul shrivels.
Love vanishes.
In the end sheets and swastikas.

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal
Today the McGregor twins are nine months old. Bonnie says it is hard to believe she has lasted this long. Russell , of course, has been a big help. But the twins are a handful. What with both of them crawling and Russell Jr. trying to walk you have to watch them all the time. Little Russell still succeeded in pulling the tablecloth off the end table breaking one of Bonnie’s favorite knick knacks. .
Last week she was visiting her neighbor with the twins and little Russell crawled away as fast as he could while she was picking up little Bonnie. The basement door was open and Russell Jr. fell down the basement stairs. He hit his head on something at the bottom and had a nasty gash. Her neighbor took care of little Bonnie while Mrs. McGregor rushed him to the hospital. They put in several stitches and made some tests but he is doing fine.
Sometimes Bonnie thinks she is too old to be the mother of twins or even the mother of one. But then they smile at her and hug her and the world is a wonderful place again.
Her daughter from Iron Mountain comes and helps out as often as possible. At least they are healthy.

Wrap UP
The pictures of Ella are from Easter morning. Notice when she finds her basket she is so excited her hat falls off. Also notice in the second picture where she is sitting with her basket and watching everybody look for theirs that she has already eaten her chocolate rabbit and half her peeps. No wonder she was so sick on Monday.
People who use Raven's words for the week should scroll down and see my poem for the day. There Longfellow meets Raven's Words.
It was a good day. Breathing was good. We went out in the afternoon. Did some shopping. Got some new clothes for Ella. It is my daughter's birthday so we got her a birthday cake. I visited all of the blogs that left a comment yesterday. Now I need a breathing treatment,


Blogger Jientje said...

But I LOVED this post. Unfortunately, it is so true.

1:17 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

Super post! I try so hard not to participate, but ity slips in sometimes and we aren't even aware of it.

1:51 AM  
Blogger Voegtli said...

Hate seems to be our "daily bread" anyway. And yet, love would be a much nicer "bread" to eat.

1:59 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

That's why I belong to my Peeps marshmallow group....we don't hate anybody and LOVE peeps.

6:30 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Now you have me wondering who it is I hate... I try so hard not to hate... *sigh*... I have a neighbor that I really did used to HATE... but I've prayed on it for so long now, and it really is down to just an intense disliking of the man now! I don't often give him any thought at all... but when the idea of LOVE your ENEMY comes to mind... He's the one! He IS the one! And as close as I can get to "loving" him, is to simply not pay him any attention at all!
I guess I better keep praying!

I do and I don't envy Bonnie those twins! If I had to do twins NOW - at MY age? Ohhhh my! I don't think I could do it! But then again... sometimes I think if I still had babies, I'd still be YOUNG! Maybe they are keeping her young!

Ella just had the BEST Easter morning! I wish I could have seen her in action! I'm so glad you got lots of pictures! I do hope she's feeling better by now... I might have to get her a dentist appointment when we get back here. Get those little tusks checked out!

6:48 AM  
Blogger rhymeswithplague said...

You may be old, Dr. John, but you still know how to preach it!

7:36 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Pft! Dr. John OLD??? Never!!!

7:52 AM  
Blogger Vicky said...

Ugly and harsh but true nonetheless. Perhaps we all get a little blinded to our "groups." Or don't realize we are identified with a group... lots of food for thought in this. Where are the seeds of hate first planted?

8:07 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

Point very well made, Dr. John and why I try to stay away from all of the politically inclined blogs, regardless of persausion.

9:07 AM  
Blogger juliana said...

i have discovered hatred is the most detrimental to the one who hates.
great thought-provoking post.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Maude Lynn said...

Absolutely true. And, very well said.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Hating is just self destructive. Great post Dr. John.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very thought provoking post Dr. John. You always make us think :)

11:22 AM  
Blogger LoieJ said...

Yeah, when we can put a name on a group, then they are "other," then we can feel that they are lower than us or our group. Then we can hate. Naming groups leads to bad feelings. Unfortunately, it seems that some christian groups or preachers like to do this. They might employ simplistic thinking to seem to say that other groups are much less favored by God.

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree 100% with Fosdick's words.
I've seen teens with T-shirts with Swastikas on them and I often wonder if they can really articulate WHY they wear such a thing. Some odd anti-social goth cachet.~Mary

11:31 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Excellent thought provoking post.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

You can really make one think about themselves as well as what is going on around them. Let's hope the Sheets and the Swastika's never return.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Ordinarily Just Me said...

Ahhh Dr. John your poem was a bit, well hmmm...Bleak. That is the word I am looking for. Bleak. As well as honest. It is a pity that we as a society have been built on such a demoralizing sense of self. Perhaps with awareness somethings will change-now about that awareness...
PS-like the poem

3:35 PM  
Blogger Libby's Library said...

Very powerful words today!

BTW - was the comment you left insult;-)

My verification word: mebesso

As in: Did you leave an insult? Mebesso!

3:50 PM  
Blogger Baron's Life said...

heavy duty artillery but someone had to say and none could do it so eloquently...unfortunately as Worldman says it is still happening and will probably continue to happen

4:21 PM  
Blogger Russell said...

The people in Iowa need to read your poem!!

As you can imagine, the Iowa Supreme Court case granting marriage rights to same sex couples has really stirred up lots of emotions. Everyone asks if you agree or disagree -- they don't even have to ask you what "it" is about.

My response is that people are people and every person needs to be treated with respect.

I am not religious - well not outwardly at least - but I wonder how Jesus would act in such a situation. Would He be more concerned about hate or love?

My guess is that He would suggest that people love each other and accept each other for the people they are and not be overly concerned with what the government chooses to do or not do.

I think your poem captures those types of thoughts and that is why I like it.

Take care.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Glennis said...

Thanks for your poem on hatred, it makes you think.

6:34 PM  
Blogger starbender said...

I have worked very hard over the years 2 not hate anyone. It wasn't easy- I have 2 very horrible x's.

Now, instead of hating, I just throw them up to God-for they know not what they do..... (it seems 2 work)

Anyhow, I have been very busy... I became a grandma last night, for the very first time. Yeahhh! I'm sooo excited. It's a boy! I can't wait to spoil him, and then give him back to mommy & daddy.

...and now I'm out catchin up on the blogs.

I'll be back...

9:27 PM  
Blogger Gattina said...

Hate and racisme exists worldwide. Was and is there since world creation. The US only has two parties, (others may exist but nobody talks about them) that's not enough. Most of the other countries have at least 3 or 4 or even more. So there are more party members to hate each other but it's not so evident.

Melli has started her countdown, lol !

9:42 PM  
Blogger Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I always wonder when the hate will end. In the end I guess. Another good read Dr J.

4:17 AM  
Blogger Cherie said...

Catching up after a few days away from the blogs. What you write is so true, unfortunately. I'm sure that it was very hard for some of your regulars to read. With all of the comments, there are some people who are conspicuous by their absence. (Of course, they could have been pulled away, just like me. lol)

9:34 AM  
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