I saw something profound in the Closed Captioning on my television set today. I was chatting on the phone with my friend Becky about one of our least favorite topics and fluttering across the bottom of the screen were words being spoken by Chacotay on Starship Voyager:
“I wish it were as easy to stop hating as it is to start hating.”
It seems to be easy to find fault with someone and then “hate” them. However to stop hating them takes a lot of work and soul searching.
I’ve never “hated” anyone, but I have recognized evil when I’ve seen it and am smart enough to know that I can steer clear of it without wasting a lot of my time “hating” it. I have also taken the time and challenge over the past years to try to understand why some people behave the way they do. My conclusion is people will do and say whatever they want and there’s little you can do to change them.
I read Chacotay’s quote aloud to Becky. It was profound and both of us could hear the Universe speaking to us. So we decided to change the subject. Why waste anymore of our time as friends talking about someone that makes us unhappy?
This is a lesson learned and worth remembering.
Live long…and don’t hate.