My best friend is the most beautiful person I know. Even in her darkest of times she still thinks of others before herself, and while it might be a pointless chain of hypothetical thoughts, I sometimes wonder what the world would be like if we were all as kind as her, building a safe and positive environment of love for everyone. I more often wonder, however, what the world would be like on the flipside (I’m a pessimist that way): if the world was filled with hate instead.
Let’s see, if the world was filled with hate, uniqueness would be met with rejection. A closet would be built for the gay and the irreligious to hide in while seeking acceptance. The word “normal” would be slapped on the most popular nature or stance, with societal norms dictating who may given the chance to be themselves out in the open.
If the world was filled with hate, we would make our students take history classes to analyze the world’s backlog of man against man: how our ancestors used their religious texts as battle plans, argued with guns instead of words, and fought with fists instead of welcoming hands.
If the world was filled with hate, the Philippines would be led by a man who believes the broken cannot be fixed anymore—the broken of all ages desperate to find themselves, taking drastic measures endangering their health with illegal stashes of drugs filling their shelves, and emptying the most human parts of themselves. “Let’s kill them off,” he says, lazy to lead his citizens to a loving solution despite the claim that he cares about his people.
If the world was filled with hate, the United States would have already witnessed, by March 2018, almost two dozen school shooting events. Young people filled with potential and innocence meeting death before they can get a sense of what life is like. Fellow human turned gunslinger pulls trigger after trigger after trigger until there is no one left.
If the world was filled with hate, a peaceful uprising against authoritarian rule in Syria would turn into a war lasting more than seven years. 400,000 dead with the news still not hitting everyone’s ears. Call it poor news coverage, or ignorance of those living in fear that the battle taking place far from here will spread like wildfire, until the whole world is engulfed in fighting, with fallen soldiers on all sides, earning medals of pride and leaving their families behind. If the world was filled with hate, it would look exactly the way it does right now. I cannot tell you how this all began, but I think can tell you how it continues. Hurt people hurt people. That’s all this is: a cycle of pain. Hurt people hurting other people because they feel hurt, which only gets more hurt people to hurt more people—stop!
Stop hurting people.
Stop thinking only of yourself.
Stop prejudging someone else.
Stop anything that is not rooted in the act of love. Is it not our social responsibility to be kind to one another? To treat everyone like a sister or brother?
In Christianity, Mark 12:31 – Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than this.”
In Islam, Surah 4:36 – “Do good to your parents, to near of kin, to orphans, and to the needy, and to the neighbour who is of kin and to the neighbour who is a stranger, and to the companion by your side.”
In Buddhism, Udanavarga 5:18 – “Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.”
In Hinduism, Mahabharata 5:1517 – “This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.”
In atheism, and in the rest of humanity, your awareness that your actions have consequences.
You are human, and so is everyone around you, so treat them like one: with the love and respect they deserve as much as you do.
In the very same way my best friend does.