The Owner Of Democrat Underground Asks A Question:
Do You Ever Get Tired Of Hating?
(Skinner, Mr. Democrat Underground, admits he peddles hate--says he needs a nap...)Note that I didn't ask whether you get tired of hate. I think it is pretty obvious that everyone gets tired of hate, particularly when that hate is directed at you or someone you care about. There has been a lot of hate on DU recently. (Heck, there's been a lot of hate on DU since the very beginning.) I'm certainly tired of it, and I suspect that most of you are tired of it, too.
But I'm not asking whether you get tired of that hate. Because asking if you are tired of that hate, the hate that comes from other people, isn't really much of a question at all -- the answer is obvious. Asking if you are tired of that hate lets all of us off the hook. It implies that we are all innocent bystanders, and the atmosphere of relentless negativity on this website is caused by someone else. No doubt, that is true for many of you. But for others, not so much.
So, what I'm asking is this: Do you ever get tired of hating?
I get tired of hating. (I get tired of hate, too, but that's another story.) Believe it or not, I don't actually hate very many people. I think it's safe to say that I hate George W. Bush. Other than him, off the top of my head I can't think of anyone I hate. I actually get tired of hating Bush sometimes. He certainly deserves it, and I doubt that I could stop hating the man even if I tried, which I haven't. But even hating Bush gets tiring for me sometimes. I find that I am a much happier person when I am not watching his smirking mug on my television set, or when I am not dwelling on how much I can't stand him.
I get annoyed or angry with my fellow DUers sometimes. I might go so far as to say that sometimes -- on occasion -- I might feel hate for someone. Fortunately, the feeling is almost always temporary. I sometimes get emails or private messages from people that include some indication that they think I don't like them. Maybe I locked one of your threads a while back, or deleted one of your posts, or didn't respond to an email or something. Maybe at the time I was genuinely angry or annoyed with you.
Maybe for a fleeting moment I felt hate. But as I said the feeling is almost always temporary. By the time you get around to sending me that private message or email, I have typically forgotten whatever it is that got me angry in the first place. God's honest truth: I deal with so much bullcrap as admin here that it would be virtually impossible for me to keep track of who I'm supposed to be harboring grudges against. It would also be terrible for my mental health (and probably even my physical health) to maintain that level of hate on a day-to-day basis. I learned early on that I am a much happier person if I deal with it and put it behind me.
So, yeah, sometimes I hate. And I get tired of it. It does not make me feel very good.
It is clear that there are a lot of people here on DU who are like me, and sometimes feel hate. It has been particularly true these last few days. (Fortunately these things go in cycles -- eventually it will get better, I promise. Of course, some time after that it will get bad again.) I guess I'm wondering, do you ever get tired of hating? Or is it true that some people are only happy when they are unhappy?
And if you do hate sometimes, do you act in a way that contributes to the atmosphere of pervasive and relentless negativity (or even hate) that sometimes takes hold here on Democratic Underground? Surely, you are justified if you do. There is always a good reason when we do it. So I'm not asking whether you were right, or whether that guy deserved it, because no doubt you were and he did. What I'm asking is this...
Do you ever get tired of hating? I know I do.
This question was hysterically funny to me. The biggest hate-monger on the Internet is actually wearing himself out with his own bile! Poor thang! As he sows, so shall he reap; my heart really bleeds for the guy... I guess it just hasn't dawned on him, or any of them, that they can, indeed, put better things out there. I guess they just don't have better.