Are we accepting of each other’s differences or have we become more tolerant? Are we even tolerant or do we just choose to be quiet and keep our opinions to ourselves? I’m talking about acceptance of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and all the other labels that have been given to us, by us as HUMAN BEINGS. Why are we afraid to celebrate our differences? Are we so ignorant and/or blind to realise even though we have our differences we still share the same planet, breathe the same air, bleed the same blood, are of the same race? Where is our humanity?
I’m trying to be positive. I’m trying to be optimistic. I’m trying to believe in us as a people, but I’m writing this post with a heavy heart. Why are we so selfish? Why are we going around hating the world with our arrogant selves thinking that the world owes us something? From experience I have found that if you surround yourselves with people of a certain mindset, you eventually adopt that mindset, intentionally or not. My grandmother used to tell me when I was younger that “If you lie down with dogs you will catch fleas.” I’ve never forgotten that.
I therefore try and surround myself with the type of people who I share similar thoughts and interests with. People who believe in love, equality, empathy, sympathy, generosity, fairness. People with positive mental attitudes. Why? Because I’ve been to hell and back. I’ve been down the slippery slope. I’ve been beaten down by people, disappointed by people, hurt by people. It was people however, who supported me, who listened to me, who hugged me, who sat quietly and shared a pint (or two) with me, who told me to get my arse in gear and stop being a…(sorry can’t type that here). These people restored my faith in humanity.
It saddens me that people are allowing themselves to be sucked in by ideology, by mainstream media, by other people. It saddens me that people are trying to live other people’s lives instead of their own. It saddens me that we are killing each other.
You may wonder why I end my posts with the phrase “One love”. It is because I love and respect everyone regardless of our differences. This is universal love that I share with you. Hopefully you will help me and pay it forward, spread it, live it. One love 🙂