I Hate People Who...
"I hate people who are against gay marriage."
These were the words I read not long ago from an online writer I have followed for quite some time. It actually shocked me that she would have written or uttered these words.
Did the writer of these words ever stop to consider the impact these words have on herself or the world around her? She might even respond that she does not care about what those people who are against gay marriage think of her.
But I would pose this question: Is this statement ANY different than that of the person who would claim, "I hate gay people"?
I dislike canned peas. They make me gag, not only to eat them but simply by opening the can and having to smell them.
When I was in England several years ago, I was introduced to "mushy peas." Just reading the words "mushy peas" conjures up the worst possible outcome in my memory. When I tried them to be polite, my gag-reflex was immediately triggered, violently so.
I might go as far to say, "I hate mushy peas." I will NEVER eat them again.
I wonder what some might think if I were to say:
"I hate people who eat mushy peas."
"I hate people who like eating mushy peas."
"I hate people who are against eating mushy peas."
"I hate people who are against people who like eating mushy peas."
And I digress.
For me to so vehemently look at another human being--gay or straight, British or American, man or woman, fair- or dark-skinned, old or young, erudite or ignorant--and hate them because they have a different view of whether or not mushy peas should even be allowed on the grocer's shelves is one of the most ludicrous things I could ever imagine that I could do.
Saying so, would be no less preposterous than someone who hates another human being for anything they choose to do.
I love the people who like eating mushy peas. They eat my share of the world's rations of this disgusting (what some would call) food, so I do not have to do so. (And, I have to ask...who in the hell would think that this concoction in the picture I found on Pixabay would ever be palatable?)
I ask you simply: Please, do not eat them in front of me. My gag reflex is already compromised by writing this piece.
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Note: This content has been adapted from an original piece by the author, which has since been removed from Bubblews
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