Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Roots Of Hatred

What I think primarily causes hatred is misunderstandings and assumptions. I say these two because I think generally people will assume about others and this leads to a misunderstandings which ignites hatred for one another. For example, when my teammates were arguing about a bad play in a championship basketball game. They both assumed it was each others fault which caused hatred between the two because they both started arguing. But it was only a misunderstanding about the play. This shows how this on a bigger scale can show the reason why nations or even races may not like each other because of assumptions and misunderstandings.

I think something we can do to reduce hatred in our world is stop making stereotypes about each other. I say that because stereotypes are basically ” an assumption or a misunderstanding.” I think what we can do is get to know each other because then we wont assume or misunderstand one another if we get to know that person. This could be finding the similarities and interests between us. Then we won’t hate that person and not evening knowing them. By doing this we can reduce hatred tremendously.

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Basketball Tournament

Over the past weekend , my basketball team were down in the championship game and 2 of my teammates were arguing over a play that made us turn the ball over to the other team. This argument started because teammate A threw a bad pass to teammate B who dropped it when the ball was thrown. Teammate A said, “Catch the f—— ball next time yo!” Then teammate B said, “Next time don’t throw a b—s— pass!” I was on the court when this happened as my coach called a timeout because of this. I knew that arguing wasn’t going to help us win the game. I pulled them over and said ” Don’t get upset at each other over a pass. It was a misunderstanding of communication between you two. Arguing is not going to fix what just happened. You have to get over it and start the next play. Then teammate A and teammate B both apologized for their mistakes and we went back in the game to play.

What I did was successful because it stopped my teammates into making the argument bigger than what it already was. I think they acted the way they did because it was the championship game and we didn’t want to lose so, turning the ball over would only make it worse. I prevented a fight from happening over something as a misunderstanding. I calmed them both down and made them think about the mistakes they did and how it wouldn’t happen again. I resolved the situation because my teammates shouldn’t be arguing when we are trying to win a championship game.