by Samuel Firman
I had just stepped out of the RV on our first frost morning in a long time and stepped into the sunlight. The temperature was climbing rapidly, it was already 59. Suddenly I was hit with a thought that nearly blew my socks off. Why hadn't I seen this before? How had I lived nearly 80 years and the thought had not passed my mind? And why now? Why did it come to me at this particular time? Why in this place? Why at all?
As I settled on the sofa and began to warm my tootsies in front of our little electric heater the new thought began to grow. I searched my brain for an answer to those questions. Once again a thought invaded and the answers became absolutely clear. They were right there in front of me. Straight in front of me sat my better half and next to her was my computer. They became the catalysts that opened up the floodgates of my mind. Whap! Right up beside the head. Whap! The message became clear. I had just been given an answer to many things in life including one answer to all the anger, strife, and yes, hatred that is sometimes prevalent on Newsvine threads. Hatred in some article and more hatred often in our headlines. I now had something to say.
Think for just a moment. Remember the worst troll you ever ran into. Remember the vilest comment you ever read. Remember the person commenting about all his/her hateful feelings, thoughts and ideas. Think about those situations that made you wonder why you ever stayed around Newsvine. Well, let me point something out. It came to me like a light bulb coming on, just like a 1 becoming a 0. Like somebody, maybe up there, had flipped my switch.
Every one of those people spouting all those profane statements, comments and epitaphs have someone they love or who loves them. Everyone, regardless of how hateful they may seem, they have loved someone or someone has loved them. All of the them had a Momma and almost all of them were loved by more than Momma. Most have loved and were by many. Think about that. Do you understand what I am saying? Even the most upset, most disdainful, most antagonistic, most hateful among us has had love somewhere in their lives. Think about that?
So what should we think about that? We should consider that what we have seen is probably not close to the whole person. What we have seen may be in circumstances we cannot conceive of. That angry person may just need love returned in the right time and place. Why do I bring all this up? Because it is the right season, we are all getting older, we may never pass this way again and we all do better when we love than when we hate. Lighten up, try to nice to the less fortunate of attitude. They just might respond appropriately. If so, good. If they don't, well you tried.