We all fit into a minority group, and right now, I fit within the group that society has labeled “anti-vax.” I personally believe that many people labeled anti-vax, don’t actually identify with that label, and therefore, I refer to this group of people as “pro-choice.” Over the last several years, I’ve noticed that society's fear of illness is growing tremendously. Of course "fear of illness" is the reason for developing so many vaccines. But pro-choice people don't hate vaccine preventable illness, in the same way that society says people must.
If someone doesn't hate "that something" that I hate, then my hatred has to grow to envelope the "non-hater" too. This happens because the non-hater becomes a threat. The non-hater might create more of that "something I hate." Because of this, society's fear and hatred of illness has grown considerably, it's grown to envelope the pro-choice too. Today, for many people, it's not enough to attempt to destroy any potential for illness within their bodies. For them, pro-choice people need to be eliminated too. The violent verbal attacks used against the pro-choice are increasing at an accelerating rate. Friends of mine, who have remained quite apathetic on this topic, they are even taking notice of the hostility directed towards the pro-choice, they are noticing the pressure society is placing on people to not be pro-choice or listen to us. They are noticing the hatred thrown at us, the threats made against us. I've felt the increase in hatred against me growing steadily and significantly over the last 6 years, but people who are apathetic, and who are therefore unaffected (as far as they are concerned), they too are becoming concerned. In their words, "Things are escalating significantly." And this week, a Boston Hearld article (link here), advocated for the execution of me, and others like me. Because of that, I believe it’s time to finally share with you my visual project about hate, a project that I've been working on for many years now. Before I get to that though, I will provide some brief background.
Confronting Hate - A Visual Project
This entire project originated from my own personal realization that ALL discrimination results from hateful messaging that is recycled and used over and over again.
What we hate today is often different than what we hated last year or decades ago. And our hateful action also constantly changes and evolves. BUT, the hateful thoughts that we have and hold, those thoughts are never new, they are never unique. The same hateful thoughts and hateful messaging that was used a century ago, or that was used a decade ago, it has all been recycled and continues to be used today, "as necessary," to wage war against a feared and hated outcome. For me, Byron Katie said it best when she stated, “There are no new stressful thoughts. They are all recycled.”
In this project, which I’ve titled “Confronting Hate,” I present you with a series of 13 memes, to confront you with our RECYCLED hateful thoughts. I use our recycled hateful messaging, juxtaposed with historical images, to remind you of what we’ve done in the past as a result of those recycled beliefs. You will see images of people who society at one time said “You can hate, them. If you are a moral person, you should hate everything they represent.”
It’s important to inform you that my focus in this project is NOT the persecution experienced by each discriminated group, nor is my focus and emphasis on trying to create sameness or equalness between the experiences of any two minority groups of people. Each unique minority experienced very different hateful rejection, “punishment” and persecution, which was heartbreaking in so many different ways. I do want to remind you of what past groups endured, BUT, my number one intent in this project is to simply direct your focus to the steadfast messaging that has been used over and over and over again, against the ever changing hated minorities. You need to see how our recycled beliefs continue to set us up to repeat past atrocious behaviour.
It’s important to remind you that when hateful messaging is harnessed by the right government leader, or the right spiritual leader, and when a mass population begins agreeing with the messaging, then the hatred gets out of control and it leads to unbelievable destruction. In the past, this messaging led us to hunt witches, it led us to destroy the cultural heritage of a people, it led us to enslave people, and it led us to exterminate people. The possibilities for our hateful destructive action are countless and endless.
Today, we have the potential to re-create the catastrophic harm and destruction of our history, again:
this historical hateful messaging is being used again to justify and encourage hatred towards the pro-choice and the unvaccinated, and
our Governments are now strongly driving this messaging to the population, and
a mass GLOBAL population is now agreeing loudly and are vehemently declaring this messaging to be absolutely true
We have again entered a perfect storm, where those three key players are back on stage and the cards have again fallen into place. All that’s left to question now is “What is going to happen?”
Click on the slide below, and you'll be directed to a Facebook album which presents the 13 slides/memes that make up this visual project.