Column: Choose kindness, not hate

Commentary by Jason Peek

Assumption is a dangerous word that causes more pain than most.

To assume you know how someone feels or assume to know the actions they are taking; to assume to know what it’s like to walk in their shoes, when really, instead of assuming, you could figure out more by talking to them for five minutes.

This article is coming from a redneck that you would assume doesn’t like other races, countries, the rich, rap music or whatever your perception of a redneck is, but this redneck is a man of God who loves and tries to do good in this ate up world of evil.

Communication with others is key, and to listen and love (not hate). So before you judge a book by its cover – as in black guy/white cop, Christian/Muslim, poor/rich – maybe we all need to think that there are two sides to every story and maybe try to show a little love and respect laced with common sense.

Why this world is leaning toward violence and hate to me is insane. As God said, “Treat others as you want to be treated.” What if that was the only rule and law we all had to abide by? We just solved 99 percent of the world’s problems.

Even when treated badly, be kind. Try to understand that the person in front of you that maybe chapping your back side might have a world of hurt on them, and a kind talk or gesture might help out. Acting out in violence brings more violence. Showing love and compassion doesn’t always work, but it’s still our best bet.

A human is a human, and we are all in this together. So let’s unite and not keep trying to figure out what is best for us personally but what is best for all in the long run.

If you want to talk to me more, you know where I’m at, the front chair at Main Street Barber Shop in Carmel.

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