“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
So, we have this beagle. Our friend, Chuck, calls her, a”piggle” because she is shaped like a bratwurst and will eat anything. The mere sound of kibble landing in her dog dish or a packet of crackers being opened turns her into a howling lunatic. Some mornings, she gets so excited that she wolfs down what’s in her dog dish much too fast, goes outside, and promptly regurgitates it in the yard.
It gets worse.
Sometimes, upon seeing that her breakfast is now in the grass instead of in her belly, she decides to, well, consume the same breakfast for a second time, because, heck, why not? Her human standing on the steps in the rain screaming, “No! Stop! Get away from that! Ish!” doesn’t even warrant a glance. Apparently, one person’s ISH! is another piggle’s second breakfast.
I was contemplating the piggle’s worst inclinations when I learned that the perpetrators of both the pipe bomb mailings and the murders at a synagogue in Pittsburgh yesterday had been heavy consumers and participants on social media sites that serve up a vile smorgasbord of fear, hatred, and wild conspiracy theories.
Consume, spew, consume. Consume, spew, consume.
My soul gets weary when I think of all of that poison. My heart hurts for us all.
And then I remember that love is stronger than hate. It is.
It just has to be.