Katie Hopkins Needs Our Compassion


Just a human being who wishes to be happy

Katie Hopkins is a human being in pain. I don’t know why, but no-one behaves in the way that she does, and no-one is so willing to endure so much hatred, without experiencing extremely low self-esteem.

We are social creatures. We all desire and respond best to the love and appreciation of those around us. No human being wishes to be hated and reviled, and no healthy human being would allow themselves to become a willing target of hatred simply for notoriety and / or a career.

It does not matter whether we are aware of what has caused Katie Hopkins to behave in the way that she does. From our own personal experiences we can recognize that the times in which we have behaved worst have been the times that we have been in the most pain. We can also appreciate that our own worst behavioural traits are likely to be results of some form of suffering, most likely in childhood, and are not representative of who we wish ourselves to be. Therefore, it is reasonable to understand Katie Hopkins behaviour in a similar light to our own, and, just as we wish for our behaviour to be understand in the context of whatever troubles and suffering we are and have experienced in life, so too should we afford others a similar regard.

From this position we can easily imagine the impact of an empathetic and compassionate response to her behaviour as we can easily imagine and / or reflect on times when people have responded with consideration to our own behaviour. Do we not appreciate their understanding and patience? From this understanding and patience are we not more likely to amend our behaviour for the better rather than if we are subjected to anger and abuse?

The power of such a response lies not just in negating hateful behaviour and hostile human interactions, nor just in changing momentary behaviour, but in the possibility of human transformation. All human beings have the potential for great goodness, and Katie Hopkins is as able to be a force for kindness and compassion in the world as anyone else. There have been many much worse human beings who have turned their lives around.

Why is this important? Putting her own happiness and peace of mind aside, imagine having someone like Katie Hopkins go through a public redemption and transformation, perhaps later to become an advocate of what is good in the world and in herself? Imagine Katie Hopkins talking of compassion, understanding and empathy? Imagine the publicity and platform such a transformation would deliver.

Other than that, her behaviour, as poor as it might be, can be shrugged off. We are adults, and we all have much more important issues in our own lives to be concerned with. My suggestion is simply that where any form of response or interaction takes place that it is does with a deep consideration of what pain Katie Hopkins may have endured in her… school bullying, parental abandonment, neglect or abuse, and so on. Who knows, and who knows how we ourselves may have turned out if we had experience what she has experienced. Not to mention how we have turned out and the behaviour and traits we ourselves need to address to create a better life and a better world around us.

It should also be considered that the hatred that Katie Hopkins receives is because she is perceived as hateful. This does not make sense. Do we hate Katie Hopkins or do we hate that she is hateful? If we simply hate Katie Hopkins then this is bullying, but if we hate her because she is hateful, then our hatred in response to her hatred is contradictory and hypocritical. Our concerns and efforts should be focused on reducing hatred in the world, not contributing even more. After-all, as much as we may feel justified in our own hatred, our own anger, our own resentments, she too feels justified in her own.

For those who wish for a better world with reduced anger, hatred etc. then our efforts must be focused on learning how to respond to anger and hatred with patience, empathy, compassion and understanding. Only then can we limit the proliferation of hatred in the world, and only then do we stand a chance of reducing the amount of hatred experienced and expressed in the world.