2019 – 5th Grade National 3rd Place Winner

Winter Collinson, New York.


The world is full of mean things, mean words, mean actions, and mean people. There are so many people in jail because they are either guilty for some sort of cruel action or, not normally, but maybe even innocent and somebody just didn’t hear them out. The divorce rate has skyrocketed too, there are almost more people divorced than married! One crucial action leads to another, most bullies act that way because someone bullied them. It all started with one action and lead to a society changed because of vicious things.

Our society has become somewhat cruel, and it probably won’t get much better. With all this hate, hate gets the biggest impact of all time. My first thought was all the jails in our communities. This is a quote I found on the internet, “Within five years of release, about three-quarters, 76.6 percent, of released prisoners were rearrested.” (sources are listed at bottom). That’s a lot of people and a lot of mistakes, whether by the person going to jail or the person sending them. All this even makes people more likely to go back to jail. According to more sources the rate of people who back back to jail is 76% and within only five years! Clearly this whole prison process isn’t working. Every bit of hate from jail is just adding more hate, and more effect on the world.

Another way that hate is dominating in aftermath is caused by the divorce rate. “About 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the United States divorce.” from https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/economy/2018/02/...divorce.../1078283001/, how many arguments in this world have this effect which causes the kids of these parents to become, depressed, upset, bullies, (which I’ll discuss later) etc. This is another horrible thing hate has done. Divorce can lead to trouble for family and friends of the people divorcing, which causes a result of not just one person but multiple people being impacted. Even though people can become happier after divorce to not have the one person they dislike around them, is still makes hate and started with hate too.

Here is where we talk about a child’s least favorite subject, bullying. No one likes being bullied because it makes on lose confidence and feel horrible. Kids are likely to become a bully after being bullied, either they think it’s okay because someone did it to them, or they want some sort of revenge and hurting others is their way of doing it. An article https://us.ditchthelabel.org/why-do-people-bully/ says, “1 in 2 people experience bullying at some point before their 20th birthday.” That is a lot of people, later in that same text it states, “Those who have experienced bullying are twice as likely to go and bully others”, also from https://us.ditchthelabel.org/why-do-people-bully/, as you’ve probably known already, or some form of it, now you can be sure that bullying is causing more effect of hate on our towns. Bullying can be like a common cold, if someone you’re around a lot has a cold you’re probably going to catch it. This spread is changing the way people and how society forms.

So as you have read and learned throughout this essay all leads to one big topic; Hate has a great impact on society. I don’t think hate is in any form better than love, but I do think it’s twisting our place just a little bit more. Crime, divorce, arguments, bullies, cruelty, and much more is causing me to think all of what I’ve shared with you. Here is a quote from Martin Luther King Jr., “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” All in all, I’d agree if you said hate has a stronger impact on society than love, even though, love is far better.




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