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Two Colleagues - H.O.W. Do You Stack Up in Our World?

Updated on November 25, 2012

H.O.W. Do You Stack Up in Our World?

This hub was written some eighteen months ago but I have chosen it as my contribution to the H.O.W. challenge founded by fellow writer, Bill Holland. Many have joined together to bring an awareness that, banded together, we can make a difference. There is a link below where you can join his effort, and I hope you will.

Indifference and Hate were walking down the street one day and passed an old man.

He was huddled against the wall trying to shield his body from a cold wind that blew the trash of the street into the air in a mini vortex of dirt, wrappers and bits of debris. The wind blew with such force a piece of dirt caught Hate right in the eye and he cursed the wind and the day and turned back to the old man and kicked him.

Indifference watched this and wondered to him self but said nothing. They continued their journey down the street and had to sidestep a pool of blood that was forming in the recess of the pavement from a body ripped and riddled with bullets that had come from a car now speeding away, tires screeching. Laughter, harsh and cruel floated back on the wind delighting the ears of Hate.

They finally reached their destination, a small café and sat in a booth next to a window that looked out on the street. Their meal ordered, Indifference looked at Hate for a full minute, wondering if it was worth bothering bringing up the subject but finally said to his companion, “Back there, when the dirt flew into your eye, why did you kick the old man?”

Hate was busy pounding on the window, shooing away a small child who had its face pressed against the glass, eyeing the two large plates of food the waitress had just delivered. “Out of here with your filthy self, bones sticking out and eyes hollow – you are ruining my appetite!”

Indifference spooned food into his mouth, watching the child reluctantly turn and walk away with its head down and noticed tears dripping onto the child’s bare feet causing the dirt to streak.

Satisfied, Hate started devouring his plate of food and said with a mouthful, “Why did I kick him … the old man? Well that’s what I hate about you my comrade. You care so little, the most obvious escapes you! Had he not been cowered in that spot, the wind would not have been blocked and the debris that ended up assaulting me could have blown cleanly past.”

“Humpf,” replied Indifference, bored with the discussion.

“And I suppose,” continued Hate, that you wonder at my delight in the laughter of the killer who gunned down the person as they stood in front of their house?”

“No, not really,” replied Indifference trying to get the eye of the waitress so he could order desert.

“It was the sound of pure, unadulterated hate, a sound I have not heard since my own father sang it to me as a lullaby. It was as pure as any melodious malicious insult hurled at a random recipient. It was perfection.” Hate’s face was contorted and froth formed at his lips as he relived the moment they had witnessed.

“Ah, well, it’s getting late,” claimed Indifference all too ready to rid himself of the draining company of his mate. He was exhausted by the display of emotion and wanted only to return to the recesses of his comfortable home. He donned his hat and coat and turned back to say a final farewell but found Hate was already involved in berating the waitress for her poor service and scoffing at her meager status in life.

Hate noticed him leaving and called after him, “Same time tomorrow then?”

"I suppose so,” mumbled Indifference. ‘I suppose so.”

Addition for the H.O.W. challenge:

Most of you don't hate and maybe not all are indifferent either. Maybe, you feel so overwhelmed by the state of our country that you can't imagine that anything you could do would possibly make a difference. You are wrong! Each and every man, woman and even our children and grandchildren can make a difference and we need to. Our country will not be healed by politicians or groups to study the problems. It will heal by the effort of each of us, reaching out in any manner of kindness and humanity. This is not a one time effort but a daily commitment, a change of life for some. If you give a smile, meet a gaze and say hello ... you never know the impact those simple acts may have on another. Don't look away when you see wrongs, pause and think of what you can do to right the situation. In this land of unbelievable excess I really believe there is not one of us who can not find a way, every day, to change the tide.

If you would like to join in and write your own ideas, please go to this link and sign up. We can use your support. And please search for other articles with the H.O.W. designation in the title. Read those hubs and you will find wonderful suggestions.


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  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from On the edge

    Ardie, Sunnie, Ruchira and Happy - a big thanks to all of you for reading and for your comments. Yes, without a doubt we can each make a difference in this world. We may not be able to stop all of the hate, senseless crimes or the indifference that seems to be so overwhelmingly present, but we can counteract it with our own positive, loving, giving and kind acts. We HAVE to be the change we want to see.

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    Gail Sobotkin 

    6 years ago from South Carolina

    Very powerful essay and addition to Bill Holland's H.O.W. challenge.

    I agree that every one of us can find a way every single day to reach out to our fellow beings with kindness and humanity and that even such seemingly small acts as a smile, kind word or helping hand can, and do, make a difference.

    Voted up and shared.

  • Ruchira profile image


    6 years ago from United States

    Beautiful message with strong words. These adjectives say it all.

    Loved the message, poohgranma

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    Sunnie Day 

    6 years ago

    Oh Poohgranma such a wonderful contribution to the HOW movement, a story with much heart. Thank you for writing this and sharing this timely message. We all can make a difference in a mighty way.



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    6 years ago from Neverland

    Poohgranma! This is an excellent addition to HOW - sadly we see so much hate and indifference on the streets. Even if it is not us showing or using those emotions, we see it and many of us dont feel capable of doing anything about it. But there are those special people, those chosen ones, who write and talk, and defend. We can make a huge difference in tiny ways that add up to a hurricane of love. My favorite line in your Hub is "This is not a one time effort but a daily commitment, a change of life for some."

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from On the edge

    Thanks btrbell! I'm so glad you have written something for H.O.W. as well. I'll be sure to check it out!

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    Randi Benlulu 

    6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

    Wow! Great job! I loved the way you did this! what a powerful message! Up and awesome! Thank you for sharing! I have linked it to my H.O.W hub!

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from On the edge

    It is a simple problem that we have made complicated, SilverGenes. Out of fear or apathy, whatever the reason, we've rolled ourselves into little balls of self preservation that doesn't allow the most basic acts of humanity to be extended to others. It costs nothing to be kind - but we have the pay off for our indifference. Thanks for reading and for your kind words!

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    6 years ago

    Wow! This is so powerful and so simple all at the same time. You have managed to tell a parable in a few words - one I will not forget. Yes, everything we do has a ripple effect and eventually changes the tide. Awesome job!!!

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from On the edge

    Audra and Bill - two of the most caring people I "know" on HP and FB. Audra, you are my champion with your constant words of support to everyone you encounter! And Bill, a heart so large for your fellow man, so disturbed were you that you had to reach out. I am honored to have you follow my writing and I am equally honored to be able to contribute to H.O.W., not only in writing for awareness but by changing the world for the better a little each day. You had a fantastic idea; may it go viral!!!

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    6 years ago

    Bill, you will love her as much as I do!

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    Bill Holland 

    6 years ago from Olympia, WA

    You are indeed a powerful writer, and this is a powerful message. I don't think I am following you yet, but I will rectify that now. Thank you for caring enough to join our cause.

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    6 years ago

    I love the friendship we have on FB and love the writer you are here. I know the phrase "Blown away" was used already, bt I was!!!!!

    You added another message about the HOW campaign..."you never know the impact those simple acts may have on another" are right about that!!!!

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from On the edge

    To all who replied and got no response, I want you to know I was not being indifferent (no pun intended). I do not get notifications from HP in any sort of a consistent manner, whether it be new posts or notifications that someone has replied to my hub. Thanks to all of you for taking the time to read and to comment.

  • stars439 profile image


    7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    Very nice hub. God Bless You Dear Heart.

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    Brenda Barnes 

    7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

    This needs to be on everyone's desk as we all are accountable to love and take action. I am blown away Pooh! Absolutely fantastic writing!

  • QudsiaP1 profile image


    7 years ago

    This is mind blowingly brilliant work, pooh. Extra ordinary!

    Though indifference may never agree to it; it is equally responsible for hate.

  • baygirl33 profile image


    7 years ago from Hamilton On.

    Catchy and to the point .

    Sometimes we are one or the other,aren't we.

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from On the edge

    Well, I'm just so happy with the responses. A big thanks to all of you for reading and for your comments.

    someonewhoknows, I think Greed will have to have a story all its own, maybe mixed in with another cohort.

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    Kristen Burns-Darling 

    7 years ago from Orange County, California

    Sherry my friend.... You have hit a grand-slam homerun with this one....BRAVO! Posting it on my wall immediately, and printing it for my bulletin board...LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! This is one of the reasons that you so inspire me...:-)

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    7 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

    ..very very good, again....great concept!

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    Genna East 

    7 years ago

    Just amazing, Pooh! My father taught us from an early age that man's greatest sin was indifference. As Epi said, this is indeed a masterpiece! Up and awesome, and beyond.

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    7 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

    I'm left wondering where "Greed" was in the story. I know he was there somewhere along with hate and Indifference.I could tell by the dialoge of Hate.

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    Linda Rogers 

    7 years ago from Minnesota

    Let me proudly be the second one to comment. Wow Pooh, your writing blows me away. This is an amazing piece of work. So very powerful to see hate and indifference showcased in this creative way. I am so proud to be a fan or yours. This was tough to read but so educational:-0

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from On the edge

    LOL - I do so love you my friend! Someday we will meet and have desert ... so much our eyes will pop and we will blow up and float away into desert heaven!

  • epigramman profile image


    7 years ago

    ....let me (proudly) be your first visitor here tonight and say this is your masterpiece (among so many here in your hubspace) ....this is something that epi-man would be proud to write - I love the concept, the idea, the narrative, the dialogue, the message - which just makes you my hero - and of course a great great writer - and thinker - and for that - someone send this fine lady - a big fat slice of NEW YORK cheesecake ....... if not, then I will!


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