#Reverb11: Loathing (December 17th)

Loathing – Who or what do you loathe and how have you expressed that in 2011?

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That is a loaded question or rather, prompt.

The definition of loathe, according to the Free Dictionary:

loathe [ləʊð]

vb

(tr) to feel strong hatred or disgust for

[Old English lāthiān, from loath]
loather  n
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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. 😛

0 thoughts on “#Reverb11: Loathing (December 17th)

    • I could have gone the fun way I guess. This is just what came out of me right of the bat. The new bill regarding indefinite imprisonment by the military has me riled up and I’m still stewing up a blog post about this issue. This is just some of the prep for it. LOL!

  1. I am with you on this one too, We have decided as a country that people no longer have the right to decide who they want to be. We feel like we can tell everyone else how to think and feel. I will never say we don’t have it better than most, but it could always be better. Let’s find a way to have freedom for real.

  2. This prompt would have been very difficult for me too, Tracy. There is a real beauty to how you answer the sharp questions. I find the way you and Jason (in the comments) put it very poignant: “We have decided as a country that people no longer have the right to decide who they want to be.” Sigh.

  3. Thanks for reminding me that I can’t very well call myself honorable if I do nothing in the face of what I believe to be wrong. Time to start using words as the tools they are, and doing something constructive for a change.

  4. I think you just DID start a dialogue here! For the record, I agree. The bullets you mention are many of the symptoms of the disease plaguing our country.

  5. Your post struck a chord with me regarding how we can use our words to at least start the dialogue about things that we want to change. Just this morning, I was thinking about a post I had half written, but didn’t publish, for fear of its controversy. But you’re right: “We don’t have to agree. We just have to talk – TO each other.”

    Happy holidays, dear.

  6. First off–eeeeeeee! I am grinning like a fool as this is the first blogroll entry I have seen for the new site. OH YEAH.

    Second–You know that quote, right? Love me or hate me, but spare me your indifference”? It’s the best thing to do, to get to that point where you just don’t give a darn about someone. I hate that it takes time. It’s something I wish I could just turn on, because there are quite a few areas in my life that could use a little indifference.

    Third: This. 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 think the reason that I rarely engage people in political talk is that it is so often layered in invective, and I mean on BOTH sides. It embarrasses me. Even if I DO think someone’s behaving like a horse’s ass when they talk politics, they are usually doing that out of fear for their own future and for what’s theirs. I wish more of us could transmit that fear in clear language, so that we could work on making things better. Until that time, the disrespectful language doesn’t do anything but de-humanize the people on the other side. And that’s going to ruin everything.

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