No Place for Hate – Changes in Attitudes

I think Mr. Buffett is on to something…

“These changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes
Nothing remains quite the same”

I had originally planned on making today’s post a trip into LiebsterLand, but just couldn’t pass up the chance to weigh in on the sheer idiocy of some members of class homo sapiens.  And that is probably giving said members a bit too much credit.

I believe the term is idiot.  Yes!  That's the one.

I believe the term is idiot. Yes! That’s the one.

What freaking rock did THIS guy crawl out from under?  It’s not very often the crap that falls out of people’s yaps surprises me, and sadly, I can’t say that I was totally surprised at all this.  But holy poop-a-rooni dude.  What planet are you from?!?  Planet I-hate-everybody-and-everything-in-it-and-I-have-more-money-than-God-so-I-don’t-care?

Remember this?  I think this whole idiot situation is a prime example of why I just don’t understand the need to hate.  People are, after all, just people.  We all have our faults, we have our likes and dislikes, and yes, we even have people we wish we never had to interact with.  But I like to think average, normal, everyday people don’t find it necessary to spew hateful crap from their mouths every chance they get.

getting along

I think the NBA’s response to this nonsense was an appropriate one.  What I’m curious about is what will happen next?  Will this schmuck not care and walk away with millions in his already overstuffed pockets and laugh all the way to the bank?  Will he even care?  One thing is for sure.  His attitude, and the attitudes of others like him, may never change.  That is the hardest part to swallow – and the reason I love the running community so much.

In all the races I’ve participated in, and in all the places I’ve been where runners hang out, not once have I ever heard any words of hate being spoken.  Not once have I ever seen anyone treated with animosity or disrespect.  All I’ve ever witnessed has been high fives, pats on the back, and finish line hugs.  And here’s the kicker – REGARDLESS OF ANYONE’S SKIN COLOR.

So take your racist remarks, your narrow-minded, bigoted, I’m better than everyone else attitude, and stick it where the sun don’t shine, Sterling.  The world will be a much better place without people like you polluting it with your crap.

At the end of it all though, as I drag myself kicking and screaming back from the relax-Kimberley-and-don’t-put-yourself-down-on-that-same-hate-level precipice, I feel nothing but pity for this guy and others like him.  All they’re doing is losing out on the opportunity to have some really great people in their lives and maybe learn a little something about other cultures along the way.  I know the wheels of social change move achingly slow, but if nothing else, maybe some good can come out of all of this.  Perhaps, like after 9-11, people may make the effort to be just a little bit nicer to each other.  Maybe someone will make the effort to shake hands with someone they might not have otherwise.  And maybe, just maybe, bigotry and hate will no longer have a place in our society.

no hate

So this is my challenge to you: smile at someone, even if you’re feeling lousy.  Tell a co-worker good job.  Let that guy in who’s been driving down the right lane with his blinker on for a mile and no one else will.  It’s a small, simple, maybe even stupid thing.  But it’ll mean the world to that person.  Be part of the solution.

Hugs make everthing better.

Hugs make everything better.

Enjoy the ride.

How do you handle it when someone says something hateful?


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