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The recent Anushka-bashing-Virat-defending-her episode on Social Media got me thinking again about why people today love to hate. It's really unfortunate that we all wish to be loved, yet, some would easily jump to hating on others. If you've been a victim of hate or cyber bullying, this should be inspiration enough for you to tackle those a-holes.
But first, let's understand what builds hate in people. Haters are usually people who are insecure. Know this. It has been established time and again that if people hate on you or criticize you without you having harmed them in any way, they most definitely are jealous of or intimidated by you. And their hate directed towards you is only their defense mechanism. Because they know no better.
"Not all insecure people are haters, but all haters are insecure people." ~ Jack Schafer, Professor and Author
Whether you're a person who actively voices out their opinions or not, as long as you're on social platforms, you've most definitely experienced some kind of hatred - directed towards you or one of your social connections. But, it's amazing how people have started taking hate on social media, turning it into something nicer, and throwing it back into the digital universe. Earlier last year, Australian academic, Susan Carland decided to donate $1 to UNICEF for every hate tweet she received.
I donate $1 to @UNICEF for each hate-filled tweet I get from trolls. Nearly at $1000 in donations. The needy children thank you, haters! 😎
— Susan Carland (@SusanCarland) October 21, 2015
The very recent tweet by cricketer Virat Kohli, in which he defended ex-girlfriend Anushka, was a fine example of how non-victims too, are standing up against haters and bullies, and supporting those unjustly targetted.
Shame on people for trolling @AnushkaSharma non-stop. Have some compassion. She has always only given me positivity pic.twitter.com/OBIMA2EZKu— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 28, 2016
Note: This is an updated piece and we're sharing it again, because we stand against cyber bullying and hating. We wish for more people to be inspired to support and defend those who are victimized.
This article was originally published here in January 2016.