Wow, 2018 is finally over. What a year. So much hate from so many people (myself, notwithstanding). I think 2019 will be calmer as people continue to resign their hostility in favor of familiar faces. Faces which were once familiar and non-threatening to us in 2015 became villains in 2016 -- and certainly 2017. Some even within our own family and friends.
Why all the hating?
Moral superiority is what is hated. The vast majority (>95%) of people practice some form of religion . . . yes, even agnostics and atheists. Not every religion is spiritual. Not every spiritual religion is monotheistic. These are some truths to consider.
"Religion" can be broadly summarized as a set of moral standards packaged with a set of beliefs and/or assumptions about our world. These moral standards and assumptions are influenced by information which you are more subjected . . . family, popular culture, your 20-mile-circle of influence, national laws (in that approximate order).
When you encounter people who do not share your same "religion", you search for evidence of a threat. Religions (belief systems) are considered threatening if they require everyone else to believe the same. Christianity is such (requires everyone to believe the same) as well as Islam and the current far-left ideology mistermed as "liberalism" -- when in fact should be labeled as "Cultural Determinism". These are just some examples of "brittle" religions which have little tolerance for oppositional beliefs. Moreover, these brittle religions are threatening to other people who do not share the same assumptions about society. It is really this simple.
I am not saying that all threats are ill-percieved. Certainly, many religions are threatening to society when they require everyone to live and believe in unity. There are dangerous movements, currently, which would kill every last soul and every last idea which is not of the same stripe.
As the world gets flatter (more people exposed and influenced by a larger population through the world-wide-web), we are seeing a reduction of the ancestral religious types and an increase in their replacements (cultural determinism, atheism, etc). I think this awareness if of vital importance if there is hope to move together in 2019 and beyond.
Moving together does not (and I mean NOT) mean changing your religion. It means that you come to the point you are willing to drop the moral charges against your opposition and accept that they are ok being different. As well, if you are willing to do that, you might then be in a better position of convincing people, in a non-threatening manner, to revise their beliefs.
I do not propose to change your religion (whatever that may be) as that effort would be a fools-folly. Only you can change your religion by broadening your perspective -- if that is your inclination. This article, perhaps, might be that avenue. If your religion has "tolerance" in your headline, then your religion is certainly making the proposition for an allowance -- to people who are non-threatening with beliefs which are contrary to your own.
(SMH = So Much Hate)