To Crawl Into the Mind of Hate

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There is a cruelty to what is happening in American today. There is a brutality that is taking place before us and despite us. There is an outrage and affront that has left many of us astonished and perplexed, as we watch in horror as a viciousness and callousness engulfs the fragile minds . . .

TO CRAWL INTO THE MIND OF HATE

By Al Garcia

There is a cruelty to what is happening in American today.  There is a brutality that is taking place before us and despite us.  There is an outrage and affront that has left many of us astonished and perplexed, as we watch in horror as a viciousness and callousness engulfs the fragile minds and souls of those with Simple Simon mentalities that we see and hear around us, spewing repulsive rhetoric and tangibly challenging the fabric of our character and our legacy. 

Symbols of a decaying society, like detention camps, children in cages, Nazis marching on our streets, shooters in our schools and malls, and de-democratizing our election process and delegitimatizing our votes, does not give pause to those determined to dismantle and pull apart the living framework of what has made us great.

One must navigate through a maze and haze of dark and dank tunnels, gullies and alleys to finally crawl into the mind of hate and absurdity.  And there, among the shadows and hallowed out remnants of disillusioned, disappointed and scornful men and women of every age, we find disheartened fallen people, clinging to their distorted and grotesquely molded Christian faiths, and warped American values, scavenging through the remains of decency, morality and integrity that once must have touched their hearts and souls.  And there is nothing there.

They are consumed by a passion to simply survive, rather than live.  They are obsessed by the look of fear on the face of innocence, and the feel of power and supremacy.  They are possessed by the dark spirits of our past and the glory almost won, and by the evil that man can perpetrate upon his fellow man. 

There is one commonality that unites them and commands them.  They are words and lies, conspiracy theories and machinations by unhinged and self-serving minds.  And, quite frankly, they make me shudder with disgust and with revulsion – because what they say and what they seek is believable by so many, and in turn, achievable

I, like many, ask why this cult-like movement lures so many into their fold.  The answer is simple -- they identify with the hate and the callousness, and with the lawlessness and heartlessness.  They see in this moment, in this movement of hate, they face that looks like them, a soul devoid of passion or compassion, like theirs, and a heart that bears no likeness or resemblance to the beating heart that has kept alive the American dream.

Words and pleas will never change or alter the minds of those that must constantly distort, twist, bend, falsify and clarify their arrogant display of incompetence, ineptitude, folly and imprudence.  They have exposed themselves for who and what they are, and they cannot crawl back beneath the obscurity of the normalcy that used to be.

Hate can distort and mangle the human mind to the point of no return.  History has recorded the fall of empires and of nations, of kings, of emperors and of presidents, and of despots and of leaders who failed to hear the cry of the caged human heart.

To crawl into the mind of hate is to see and feel the chained and shackled human spirit that must exist in order to resist.  However, for those inside the shattered mind, there is little hope of crawling out and once again seeing and living the brilliance of our democracy, as it used to be.


Submitted: May 25, 2021

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