How can a toxic standard be the one I had?
Absolutely, positively, never.
Here’s the thing: just as deciding upon a course of action is a choice, tuning out is also a choice. If this is a choice you can afford to make, without fear of missing something that will directly affect you or your family, something on which you need to take action right away or else you’re screwed, you are lucky.
I am taking a break. I am taking a break from hate. I vow not to involve myself or my words in any thread that involves harmful or threatening confrontations.
Hate or fear of “the other” is a learned trait, not an inherited one, so maybe, just maybe, we can learn to accept and understand more than we diminish and dislike.
In other words, you have Scriptural permission to hate, cast out, demonize, distance yourself from, and hold grudges against all of the following fifty groups or individuals.
People hate you. At first.
I’m going to ask you what I ask of every president—to make us better. All of us.
If we respond impulsively or don’t respond at all, we risk exacerbating the problem.
But for right now, I love being real with you. And I love that I don’t ever have to think you’re saying you love me for the sake of saying it.