I posted this on Facebook about a month ago after reading several hateful and ignorant posts, articles, etc. It was very much stream of consciousness and only edited for grammar.
I love you. It does not matter to me what you look like. It does not matter to me if you love boys or girls. It does not matter to me if you are a Los Angeles Laker fan. I love you. It does not matter to me whether you practice Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, or Wicca. It does not matter to me if you were born in a particular country. It does not matter to me if your skin is a certain color. It does not matter to me if you are obsessive compulsive. I love you. It does not matter to me if you own a gun. It does not matter to me if you curse. It does not matter to me if you ride a bike or drive a car. I love you. It does not matter to me the level of education you have obtained. It does not matter to me if you have a poor credit score. It does not matter to me how much wealth you have accumulated. I love you.
I wrote this because as I sit at home trying to get my sick child to blow her nose more often, I am also reading stuff on social media and on news sites. I am reading and seeing a lot of hate. At the end of the day we are all human beings living on a random planet just trying to do the best we can at this thing called life and while I cannot force people to change their viewpoints, let go of their prejudices, or change their consciousnesses I can remind my small group of friends and family that I love them for who they are no matter what. I can highlight to my little community that as we head into a new year and celebrate the past one, I am going to do more loving and less hating. We all judge one and another. It is human to do so and as far as I know, all of you and myself are human beings with all the inherent imperfections that entails. We all have our likes and our dislikes. We all have our notions about morality, politics, culture, and spirituality. But when you get to the heart of it and shed all of the other bullshit, you are left with either love or hate. I have read a lot of old stories about a dude who chose to love everyone and I think he had the right idea. It is high time we remembered that we are all sharing space on this tiny blue dot in a big old universe. Let us love one and another for the short time we exist in a truly amazing world because in all likelihood this is it for us and it could end in a heartbeat.
I love you.