by Stephen McDaniel ’16 (Priory ’22)

If someone were to ask you, why is there so much hate, what would you say? I would respond by saying the world has become a heartless place. Why did we become a heartless place? I couldn’t answer that. People fight, yell, and get mad at each other for no good reason.

When I see or hear about hate, I say to myself, one day this violence will change and we will treat people the same. We will stop with the violence and go down with the hate.

That is why I am a firm believer of love being stronger than anything and what is meant by that is like light clearing the darkness in the world. Love is the greater equivalent. Let the sun shine through to lift your spirit.

Love makes the world feel good. It heals the broken and helps the heart. I know no one is brought into the world to hate. Nelson Mandela said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People 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 forgave the people for imprisoning him for 27 years for crying out loud! Hate is a temptation of evil and tries to corrupt us to hurt others. Hate is a force that can be overcome but is hard to do so. I believe, I strongly believe, that love is stronger than anything.

stephen_blog Stephen pictured at graduation with Don Danforth and Noah Hollenkamp

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