There’s been a lot of hate and negativity in our world lately, and it’s hard not to fall in a funk from it all. Hatred is a complex, effective state alloyed with aggression. Youth are disproportionately affected by violence. Between the ages of 12 and 17, they are twice as likely as adults to be victims of serious violent crimes and three times as likely to be victims of simple assault. Homicide is the third leading cause of death for people age 15 to 24 in Minnesota. And, the rates of victimization for rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault are higher among people under age 25 than among other age groups. Violence takes many forms and includes verbal, emotional, sexual and physical abuse. It is aroused by the experience of frustration and, in its most stark and uncompromising manner, by events that are felt to threaten life. According to the latest FBI report, anti-Muslim crimes in the United States rose 67 percent between 2014 and 2015.
There is no single reason that explains why people become violent. Social research has shown that violent behavior in people is influenced by a complex interaction of many factors. The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that 892 hate groups are actively operating in this country. As MLK famously said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that,” so here are ways to spread the love We must speak up, reach out, and unite and together our love will be contagious and defeat hate. Our light must shine bright enough that it spreads to the souls who need it the most.
I thought for a long time about how to avoid these events and how to help light the spark that starts the fire and brings this change in the world and I realized that to light the spark I to help spread love so that no one feels that they should take a life or someone else’s to make sure that everyone is able to have some went to talk to that will listen to them and help them. Changing the underlying conditions that contribute to violence—in homes, schools, and neighborhoods—prevents violence from occurring in the first place. The time is now and we must not wait until another one of our own kind is filled with hate. Listening is an important part of preventing violence. Bc everyone has a story sometimes that story is just difficult and should not be bottled up inside most of the time that story and our habit as humans are to avoid getting ourselves into situations where we need to spend time with people who are not like us or have a different background.
But what we don’t know is that that fragile broken soul just want someone to listen and needs a little bit of assistance or a most is asking for a friend. We complain about our murders our statistics of our suicide rates or homicides when one person could people feel driven to do such damage. but if that one teacher smiled at her student in the hallway or a friend sat to you next to lunch you would feel heard like someone cares and is listening to your story. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of their skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite”-Nelson Mandela. You may ask that how only I can I spread such just as important as love and happiness but I’m not alone after talking to peers and teachers together we can spread the message of love by being true to ourselves and to not just fill myself up with hope but to be able to put hope in others and the courage to not just to cheer myself on but to cheer on others. I have a purpose and goal a commitment to others. I plan to fulfill this goal by giving others a chance to share their story.
Also by pursuing my dream of becoming a comedian. And to turn frowns into smiles. Hate crimes, homicides, and suicide rates are extremely high and only increasing so will we just wait for another life to be lost, or another lonely soul to be snatched away from a young, virtuous body. We need change and we need it now. We must move slower in our day to day life and not always rush to be first and let someone get ahead and Pay attention to people who look like they need to be cheered up. Say hello or smile. Most of the time we are so caught up in our own problems to notice the pain in others. Volunteer- it’s something I always intend to focus on more and don’t, but by giving money or you are directly or indirectly greatly helping someone in need. We must listen because a lot of time we listen while thinking about we’ll say next, but try focusing on listening to a person—even if they don’t need to vent and instead just want to share a story, …their story give them the attention We if all don’t do these simple tasks then this humongous violence problem the next generation will and they will have us to blame for it. Therefore my purpose is to spread the message of love and happiness not just by simply being there for people and providing a reason and purpose for them to not feel alone and to avoid the feeling that they need to hurt someone or themselves. As someone famously said, But by showing people that their present situation is not their final destination and that the best is yet to come.