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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 08-08-2019

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | AUGUST 8-14, 2019 LETTER / THE VALLEY 15 Hatred and its consequences The word hatred is often verbalized by various individuals. Today, hatred is more prevalent in our country than ever before, especially regarding our present, diverse political establish- ments. One definition of hatred is "to feel a strong emotional dislike toward something or someone. Haters see the object of their hatred as bad, immoral, dangerous, or all of this together. Also, haters usually intend and desire to hurt, destroy, or even make one suf- fer." Other definitions: "Hatred is related to some psychological concepts. It may be motivated by feelings of envy, or jealousy. Hatred can also be an individual matter. You can hate some- one for the experiences you've had with him/her, e. g., the friend who betrayed you." And more: "Humans are subject to a high risk of errors in our thinking (cognitive distortions) that can have a major impact on how the individual interprets what happens. For example, people with a tendency to be angry tend to interpret what happens with other people in an egocentric way (Why does this have to happen to me?) and they often exaggerate the frequency of adverse events (She never shows me any respect)." Egoism is also quite rampant these days! Also: "Haters most often form peer groups. They are emotionally conta- gious; they share behaviors and ideals that strengthen the bonds between them. The gang provides an organized context for their time, with specific activities where everyone participates and that make the person feel respon- sible and valued. That group is always the same: impervious to outside influences. They only go to certain places, only read certain information, participate in the same activities, have fun and even find a partner within the members of that group. That way there is no possible external contami- nation. In this context, some violent actions such as social vandalism gen- erate great emotional excitement, and serve to obtain approval and social recognition of the group. There are few adverse consequences because such vandalism often goes unpun- ished. It is no wonder that in this con- text, group members show more and more arrogance." Do these preceding descriptions remind you of any particular political party, and do the words "community organizer" sound familiar? Other definitions: "Verbal aggres- sion is a tactic which is often used by haters, especially in our political environment. It is also noted that verbal aggression can be very subtle and can involve much irony." The following story is a great example: "It is said that Winston Churchill was once arguing in the British parliament with an opposition MP (Member of Parliament). At one moment, the MP got up from her seat and chided Churchill, saying: "Mr. Churchill, if I were your wife, I would make you a cup of poisoned tea." To which Churchill answered, "Madam, if I were your husband, I would drink it!" In closing, the question to ask our- selves is, "How can a person who feels intense hatred be happy, care for others, and/or live peacefully within himself/herself?" Pray for America! Amen. PAULINE DEMERS Woonsocket Adoption Rhode Island's Duffle Bag Bash set for Saturday SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Adoption Rhode Island announced the 4th annual Duffle Bag Bash will take play on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 12-3 p.m., at the Matunuck Community Center, 619 Matunuck Beach Road. The admission for kids is a free duffle bag and for adults it's a donation of a duffle bag and/or a $25 gift card. No kid should have to carry a trash bag from foster home to foster home. The kids get to go home with the bag and have some- thing to call their own. The rain date will be Monday, Aug. 12. The event will include food, drinks, amazing 'Pick a Pale' grab bags, games and activities for kids and adults, music, therapeutic ani- mals, and much more. Children are welcome with an admission 'fee' of one brand new backpack. Guests are asked to pre-register at www. dufflebagbash.eventbrite.com , though walk-ins are welcomed. No pets. Anyone interested in helping but unable to attend may drop off their donation at: Mews Tavern, 456 Main St., Wakefield or Adoption RI, 290 West Exchange St., Suite 100, Providence. IN BRIEF So many papers, so little investment. To advertise, call Diane at 334-9555, x142 Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. 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