There is a strand of hate that is highly contagious, especially within a family. It is devastating when disagreements turn into a full blown feud. I treat any disagreement with disappointment, but never allow myself to be consumed by hate.
If there is hate in my soul, it is reserved toward okra, despots, stupidity, even within myself, or any evil that will purposely do harm. That person consumed in hate diminishes any fine attribute he or she may possess.
It is sad that some people need to be nourished with hate to exist. It became evident after the 2016 election, when some factions on the losing side refused to accept the constitutional results and responded with vitriol instead of constructive insight to the reason for the loss. Our country is our family. It is up to us whether we live in harmony or sibling rivalry; who gets more!
I have to admit that at times, I have to retain restraint, because some people exercise their First Amendment rights irresponsibly to the discomfort to others in attitude, appearance, mannerism, hygiene and other interactions that may be obnoxious.
George Giftos is a retired travel agency executive, in management for agencies by Fugazy World Travel, U.S. Industries, Carlson Companies.
George is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
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