Loathing – Who or what do you loathe and how have you expressed that in 2011?
That is a loaded question or rather, prompt.
The definition of loathe, according to the Free Dictionary:
Whom or what do I feel strong hatred or disgust for?
Well, the obvious answer would be my father. But then I thought about it and to be perfectly honest, I feel nothing for him any longer. So no loathing there. Just pure indifference where he is concerned.
I loathe people who don’t think of others.
I loathe intolerance and ignorance.
I loathe people who try to intrude on personal space.
I loathe the emotional vampires who suck the positive energy from those around them.
I loathe the fact that we are a country whose freedoms and rights are rapidly disappearing and we are silently allowing it to happen.
I loathe that we seem to have forgotten the sacrifice of those who died for those rights. We celebrate the days of remembrance and we talk a good talk but in actuality it’s all hollow – a vapid wasteland of sentiment. (I’m generalizing here)
I loathe that I, myself, have been reticent to speak out like I used to. That has to change. I want to open dialogues, provoke thought, honest debate, respectful conversation about the things that are happening around us and how we can effect positive change. We don’t have to agree. We just have to talk – TO each other.
I LOATHE that we have a society where everyone drowns each other out with their ridiculous NEED to be right. We have stopped listening. We have stopped talking TO each other. Instead we talk AT one another.
I loathe the labels we are so cavalierly tossing about. The labels are walls that prevent us from hearing one another. We are all Americans. We are all humans. We are all in this thing together.
Let’s act like it.
How have I expressed that which I loathe in 2011?
I just did. 😛