Tuning out the hate

Anyone else feeling like they are drowning in hate lately? I want to unplug my TV, switch off the internet and go and live on a desert island at the moment. Everything seems so hate filled.   Why do people see difference as a reason to hate other people?

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I don’t want to hear another word from Donald Trump – his whole political campaign seems fuelled by division and prejudice and is devoid of tangible policies. I don’t want his hate filled sound bites in my home or in my Twitter feed. The idea of him as a world leader horrifying. I would seriously think twice about visiting the US if he is president.

The events in Orlando on Saturday night are heartbreaking. So many people on a night out murdered in cold blood. It is sickening that innocent people could be targeted because of their sexual orientation – that difference made them targets for a gunman fuelled by hate.

The images of the football hooliganism surrounding the Euro 2016 championship make me feel sick. How can you ever decide to stamp on another human beings head because they are a different nationality to you?

I cannot stand the negative tone of the EU referendum debate. Peoples opinions and prejudices are presented as fact, on both sides of the argument. It has descended into a game of who can shout their opinions the loudest – with a large doses of inflammatory rhetoric thrown in. I have decided which way I’m going to vote, I’m happy with my decision so I’m opting out of the endless, negative, fact-free TV coverage.

I have always been an avid news watcher and I read the paper or internet news sites everyday. But right now I feel I need to take a step back from it all.  It is too overwhelming. I still want to know what is happening in the world so I’ll check the headlines each day but I’m not switching off all  of the rolling news channels, avoiding any of the programmes on the EU referendum and will stop reading endless news commentary and analysis. Am I sticking my head in the sand? Yes. I realise that tuning out is a pretty poor solution, but it is what my instincts are telling me to do at the moment. I feel like I want to turn down the volume on the hate.

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