Ignore hate, or engage it?

I am aware of a few people who dislike the new political atmosphere. The one where it isn’t based on a religious text. The idea that others don’t follow their religions, or those that don’t follow it the way they do seems to upset them.

However, I’ve also notice they are being mostly silent about it. Is this like some atheists not mentioning the fact that they are atheists, or is it because they are afraid of the repercussions? Such as being paired with those that were against interracial marriage.

I’ve seen several people making the statement that if they notice anyone hating “LOVE” they will unfriend them. I can understand the sentiment, as I’ve seen a few things that have made my blood boil. And I can’t seem make a rationalized idea as to why I would want anyone to live a life that wasn’t their own choosing. It’s theirs after all, and I don’t get a say in what another does. But is it best to ignore ignorance, or is it better to engage it?

I’ve lived my life with the notion that life is too short to deal with idiots and jerks. But was that right? Should I not try to understand why another person feels differently than I do? Usually it’s an emotional reason, as I tend to ignore my own emotions when it comes to most matters. But if I let myself feel, I can usually understand why a person would have a different opinion.

In the end, I think it is better to be open to those who are not. If they don’t want to talk with you, fine, that’s their choice. But I think to be the better person is to listen to a side you don’t agree with. Maybe you’ll learn something, even if it is how to argue your side better.

What I’ve published

Poetry

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The Outsider Series

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Link to my author page on Amazon – hhttp://www.amazon.com/Steven-Oaks/e/B00MEGSEZ6

Link to the Deathship book in the CreateSpace store – https://www.createspace.com/5023771

Or you can help me out on Patreon. Again, thank you. https://www.patreon.com/StevenOaks

Update: 10 pages edited of the new book. I’ve reached the end of where I left off. Looks like I’ll be writing again tomorrow.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Steven Oaks

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