Thursday, June 18, 2015
Alphabe-Thursday and then the news about the Charleston, South Carolina church killings broke. Nine people murdered because of a person's extreme hate.
I've never understood the ability to hate that deeply. What motivates someone to be consumed by hate?
My son had a doctor's appointment a couple of weeks ago. While waiting he sent me a text about a man in the waiting room. "Wait until I get home and tell you about what this guy is saying." What he was saying was bizarre and hate filled, but I told my son he had to be getting his rant from somewhere. Sure enough, I did a quick google search and pulled up the same hate filled statements.
I have a love hate relationship with the Internet. There are many things I enjoy online, but its presence has also opened up a whole can of worms. People can now easily spread misinformation and hate. A hate filled person can find others to validate and fuel his hatred in the anonymous Internet world.
I don't know if that's what actually happened in the South Carolina tragedy, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that this murderer/terrorist spent a considerable amount of time online with like minded people.
Hate has always been around and I'm afraid always will be, but I think the Internet is just one of the contributing factors that has made hatred worse in recent times.
Today my prayers are with everyone affected by hate.
Please visit Ms. Jenny's blog at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent" for a list of this week's participants.