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What exactly is a “hater” and how does it relate to a wearing down of the First Amendment?

Updated on May 26, 2016

The definition.

This particular word has infiltrated our language more quickly than any word that I’ve seen. But what does this extremely over used word really mean? To paraphrase both urbandictionary.com and dictionary.com, which define the word as someone who usually is very critical of someone else’s success or happiness, tends to be without true provocation.

For a while now, I’ve been listening to how people are phrasing things and more often than not, I’m finding that people are calling each other a hater when one doesn’t agree with another’s opinion on anything. But I know that in this world where everyone is supposed to be kind and gentle and agree with everyone else, if you have your own thoughts and feelings then you will be labeled.

The word “hater” finds its way out of the mouths of those who really haven’t a clue as to what truly hating is about. This word more than likely originated with some of the people who also think there should be participation trophies.

Just another way to name call.

From my observation, this just is another example of how if you think differently than another and you express those thoughts you are additionally labeled with the word hater. I have noticed that even if you have a legitimate reason for not liking something or not liking how someone is behaving, you are then called a hater. Is that really fair to call someone a name just because they don’t agree with you?

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve even used this word quite often, but over the last few weeks, I’ve been listening to how and when it is used, and I’m seeing a definite trend towards it being used as another way to be labeled politically incorrect just for having a different opinion. Having a different opinion is quite, different from criticizing something just to criticize something.

When we start belittling or demeaning someone just for having a different opinion then we are on the slippery slope to letting another person or group control how we are as a person and a people.

Know the difference between "haters" and helpers.

To determine if someone is just criticizing to criticize or if they are attempting to be helpful or a good friend, listen to what and how they are saying what they are saying. If they seem to be taking immense pleasure in saying negative things and running you or your life down, then yes that person is definitely a “hater.” However, if they are trying to find the right words when disagreeing with your thoughts and opinions, then that person is not being a “hater.” That person is trying to be your friend and let you know what they are seeing from the outside looking in.

The saddest thing to see is when friends, parents, children, spouses and significant other use this word against one another just because the other person doesn’t agree with what is being said. I’m sorry but not everyone is going to agree with everyone else. We are all individuals.

Haters can express their First Amendment Rights along with everyone else..

I’m not sure when the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, became something bad. When did freedom of speech only include those who think the same way, and those that think differently are in violation of something? The First Amendment protects EVERYONE, including those that would spew racist remarks, derogatory statements towards homosexual and transgender individuals. The first amendment guarantees us Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion and Freedom of the Press.

When did Freedom of Religion only mean those who are of one belief system? When did the press become so biased that what they are reporting isn’t news, and those that report something different or who attempt to report something close to accuracy, the person or persons who do the reporting are sued for being libelous and slanderous? In the United States of America, our soldiers volunteer because they believe in these ideals, this document written in the infancy of this country. Our men and women, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, friends and family members have served, and some have even died because of a belief that this country is great no matter the era.

Not allowing all to exercise their rights, is part of the slippery slope to tyranny.

What I see happening, and this is my opinion, which like the anal region, everyone has one, is that we are undermining ourselves, we are being divided by those in power, and as has been proven over and over, when a people are united, they can conquer all. And the same is for the opposite. When we as a people, no matter the country, are divided then that country will fall.

I am one of those people who say what I mean, and mean what I say. I am the friend that will tell you what I think. I always tell people to not ask for my thoughts if they aren’t ready to hear them, because I will be the one to tell you what you need to hear not what you want to hear. So that leaves me on the outskirts of things, which in some ways is the best place to be, at least to my way of thinking. If I’m on the outskirts, then the others that are there as well, aren’t playing pretend, they aren’t keeping their proverbial heads in the sand, and there isn’t as much drama.

When we the people come together to have good informative discussions, without name calling, with an exchanging of ideas, then that is when we are great as a people and as a nation.

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    • LEWMaxwell profile imageAUTHOR

      Leslie Schock 

      2 years ago from Tulsa, Oklahoma

      I am convinced that they truly don't know what that word means. It is a newly formed word that I've been hearing quite a bit, especially during this very volatile political season.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Cool article. "haters" is not something I am very familiar with. My young son and I are arguing over him "hating" things as 6 yr olds are want to do. I think we have reached an accord -- he has no reason and does not know what hate means. I think your article suggests most adults do not know what it means either.

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