Charlottesville – Another tale about hate and what it should teach us

There is no week without news about another act of terrorism and violence in our world. I can’t barely remember a time when it wasn’t that way. Must have been long bevor 9/11. However, the events in Charlottesville this weekend are on another level. Racism. Ku-Klux-Klan. Nazis. Those groups seem to rise again, which is a frightening idea after what happened in World War II and during slavery.

Why?

Why are humans so cruel? Events like such in Charlottesville make me angry and sad at the same time. But most of all I am ashamed to be a human being! What does “human” mean today anyway? For me, “human” means kind, thoughtful, generous, friendly and tolerant.  Unfortunately, more and more people are shaming the meaning of being human with violence and hate.

I will never be able to understand why people are treated differently only because of the colour of their skin, their heritage, sex or sexual orientation. We have the year 2017 for fuck’s sake!

And what about our history? The violence, the suffering and the death of thousands of innocent people should be enough evidence that hate is not the answer but leads to even more suffering and death.

I can’t get my head around the fact that so many people are so angry and violent. Are they even able to love? Or are they mean towards anybody in their lives? How must it feel to feel no empathy? Imagine a life full of hate …a picture of darkness pops up in my mind thinking about it.

I don’t know if people with this mindset are able to love and, honestly, I think I don’t want to know. The idea of so much hate all over the world would overwhelm me and I don’t think I could cope with it.

Fortunately, there are still a lot of people in the world who are actual humans and acting the like. That is my straw of hope. More so, I hope that those human beings will be able to help overcome the hate and let love into our world soon. I’ve just read, that love is a feeling we all are capable of from the moment we are born, while hate is something we have to learn. Therefore, we have to prevent our children to learn about it in the first way. Best to begin teaching them the meaning of being human and the responsibility that comes with it. I don’t want to live in a world where the word “human” is translated with intolerance, violence and hate. I want to live in a world where humans are still human and hate is only a word our descendants will only know from books.

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