Have you ever had one person who has tried their hardest to make your life worse? One person, just one person who got an increasing amount of pleasure from attempting to ruin your day? No? Congratulations, you don't exist.

(Someone will get this reference.)

Yes, even if you're the nicest of guys, the swellest of fellows, or the dudeliest of dudes, there's always that one jerk who has it out for you, even if you have no idea why. It can be over something simple, like a little argument over opinions, with no true outcome, and one person continuingly trying to prove the other's opinion wrong. It can also be over things a bit more complicated, like a family feud that has gone on for years.

Whatever the reason, you've got someone that hates your guts, even if you don't know it yet. These people are called "haters". What do they do? They hate.

These "haters" make a job out of hating on you, whether it's in real life, or over the Internet. These dirt-bags apparently have nothing better to do than to argue with others and cause trouble. Heck, perhaps you are one of these "haters."

Recently, I've noticed an increase in haters, both of myself and my friends, and I've got one question to ask. Why? Can't we all just get along?

Obviously, it's human nature to argue, bicker, and disagree with each other. It's in our blood to think differently from others; that's what makes us unique. But once we're done discussing our differing opinions, why can some people never seem to set aside their differences and just look past the others' preferences?

Granted, I've gotten into plenty of arguments and fights due to a disagreement, and none I'm too proud of. Being someone who's both easily irritable and defensive, I've gone through this too many times to count. I want to be a better person, but it feels like you just have to fight sometimes.

I'm not saying people shouldn't stand up for what they believe in and what they like, but why not have an intelligent discussion about it instead of bickering? I'm sure most disagreements can be handled fairly simply if the participants just calm down and think before they speak. (And of course, I'm sure many people who know me we'll start screaming "PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH!" right about now. Like I said earlier, I'm trying to get better about my argumentative nature, and I feel I'm making progress. I can't recall any large arguments I've been in for the past few months.)

If there's one thing everyone needs to remember, it's this: No one is right. Unless it's a cold hard fact, like "water is wet", then there's nothing wrong or right about anything anyone says. I joke a lot about people's opinions being wrong or invalid, but I tend to throw that out in light hearted conversation - in a jokingly manner. Opinions are subjective, and no one's going to like or dislike something the same way you do. Ever.

(Yup. Wet.)

There's also an enormous difference between arguing one's opinion, and intelligently sharing one's opinion. If you couldn't guess, I love sharing my opinion, and so will any other writer you talk to. Most things people write are indeed just their opinions. Some people, however, will not take anyone's opinions but their own. They don't care what you like; they're right and there's nothing you can do to change their mind. These people are called "opinionated a-holes". (A close relative to the "cynical a-holes".)

Personally, I don't understand these opinionated beings. These people throw their opinion around as fact, and it gets incredibly irritating after awhile. Now that I think about it, most arguments I've been in were withopinionated people. Coincidence? Yeah, probably.

(Oh well. Hi Reggie!)

Getting back to the topic at hand, I've actually witnessed people going out of their way just to mock someone, out of jealousy! I'm not going to name any names, but I will say that this incident was very recent, and in tremendously poor taste. It just goes to show you that some people will do anything to make another person mad, or start a fight.

What I'm trying to say with this blog is:

Why can't we be friends?

Note: The topic of this blog, while based on things I've seen and noticed, is not based on any particular incidents. Any resemblance to such is pure coincidence. This is also not an anti-war blog, that's an entirely different topic altogether; one I don't intend to discuss in my writing.