A few months ago I was out with friends. My friend relayed a story about something that had recently happened in her life. She told me that a good friend of hers had had quite a bad case of COVID. And someone else remarked “That’s OK. He voted for Trump. If he dies it will be one less Republican.”
You know what’s the worst thing about this? I’ve heard others say the same thing.
Now, before you say something smug, let me assure you that, though I’ve never heard it, I’d bet money that someone has said the same thing about Democrats.
So we are all even in the hate wars.
But really- I want you to think about those comments…
We can play my favorite game, where we exchange one word for another:
Take out the word REPUBLICAN, or DEMOCRAT if you choose to use that one, and replace it with a religion, or a race, or a gender, or etc…
How does that feel?
I asked my friend what she said to the person. “I told her that she really should seek therapy, because she has so much hate in her heart she needs to work it out. And then I told my daughter not to hang out with her anymore, because this was not a person that will end up being a good friend.”
Have we gotten to the point where we wish ill will on those we don’t agree with?
When we make statements like this, do we really think that we are right? We are moral? We are justified?
Do you want someone to wish you dead because of something you believe in? Because of something you are?
Really really think about that…
Do you want to be judged by one thing, with no back story?
Do you really wish someone dead because they’re not like you?
Gee…where have I heard that before…