Hate is venom that seeps into your body, blackens your veins and turns your heart into an ashen shell. And you know what? Fire can’t quell fire. Insults can’t counteract insults. Violence can’t repair what’s wrecked. Division dices us up, spills us hollow. How then can we be angry without being ugly? Because sometimes we have reason for anger, but wielding wrath as a weapon puts the power in the enemy’s hands. So then: be calm, be gentle, be kind, be strong, be discerning, be fair-minded, be unrelenting, and be patient. One can be assertive without being aggressive. One can be more concerned about helping others than about being right. Showing people you care about them will do more for them than shouting your opinion ever will.