We hear lots of recklessly assigned labels in our society these days. You know, homophobe, misogynist, xenophobe, racist, fascist, etc. These words are used to say that someone hates a particular group of people.
So, what kind of a “ist” or phobe is someone who hates ALL people?
Lately, I’ve been hearing more people say to me, “I hate people.” When someone speaks these words right to my face, that means they hate me, because I’m people.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not personally offended by those words. However, I am concerned about hearing this statement more and more often. I’m posting this topic, because I’ve heard it three times from three different people within twenty-four hours. I’ve heard it from others in recent months, too.
I can’t help but wonder if this hate of people in general is a societal psychological disorder. One woman said that she’s on all kinds of anti-depressants because of the people in this world. I never pressed her on the subject. I’m not her psychiatrist, and I don’t know who is prescribing her meds, but perhaps she needs a therapist to bring her attention to self-reflection.
If someone hates people, than they certainly must hate themselves too, no? Aren’t they a people, or are they a Martian? Seriously, the one they truly must hate is themselves, and they don’t know what to do about it.
So many are addicted to rage. It seems it is what gives energy to their lives, and therefore, their behavior. Living in a constant state of hate is a miserable way of life. Someone has tricked them into believing that human beings who do things they don’t agree with are to be controlled. What they don’t understand is that we can’t force others to behave or be what we want them to be. As a result, when others can’t be controlled into something agreeable to them, it causes mental discord within.
I can’t imagine living in such a state of mind all the time. There are so many things to be grateful for. Focusing on gratitude can dissolve one’s hatred for the world.
I’ll never forget a story I heard about Christopher Reeve years ago. After his accident that left him completely paralyzed from the neck down, he said he was lucky. LUCKY. Do you know why he said he felt lucky? Because he still had a functioning brain, and he could think clearly enough to be a functional part of society. This is the actor who played the role of Clark Kent aka Superman.
I even find myself wanting to help fix these “people haters” attitudes. I wish there was something I could do or say to give them peace within. I thank God that I’m generally a happy person, mostly see the good in people and am grateful for my blessings.
Do you know someone who hates people? What would you do or say if someone told you they hate all people?