The thing that bothers me the most about politics is the way people attack others for their choice of candidate to support. It gets so ugly and hateful. I can’t wrap my head around hating someone solely for favoring a candidate that I find unappealing. They have their reasons for choosing whomever they pick, and aren’t obligated to share them with me. Their differing opinion is not sufficient to merit being attacked. I don’t expect anyone to have experienced my life, and the things that shape my thoughts. I’m aware that life is a different journey for everyone. We’re all influenced by our experiences, and the people we’ve encountered. We all have things we value more than others.
If we all agreed on everything, we would have no reason to communicate. It would mean we were all living the same lives. That would be tragic in my view. Like a grey rainbow. Diversity among human beings is what makes us interesting. It’s what makes us individuals. I choose to embrace it, and enjoy learning of the experiences of others. They interest me, help me grow, and help shape my world. I spend a great deal of time reading speculative fiction novels. It brings me joy to experience a world created in the mind of it’s author. It provides color to my rainbows. It frees me from being aware only of my personal experiences. It’s like water, earth, and sunshine to a seed.
So when I see someone belittling another because they think differently, and choose based on their own experiences, it sickens me. It’s vulgar. If you think your thoughts and opinions are so great that they give you license to abuse those who differ, you’re a bully. It’s never okay to abuse someone who has caused you no harm. Harboring hatred has consequences. It’s so much easier to live and let live. Agree or disagree, but do no harm. Accept that we’re all sentient beings with varying thoughts and experiences, and refrain from attacking others. It doesn’t cause anyone to change who they are in order to appease such unreasonableness. It only magnifies your own insecurities.