I live on a sustainable family farm and work for a humanitarian aid organization. My goal is to have a simple beautiful life. The Quaker acronym SPICE (simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality) guides my life.
On Wednesdays, I usually post some type of health-related information that I hope will help some reader improve his or her health. However, this morning, as I opened my email inbox, I was greeted by an email from a family member. Thinking it might be an update on some family-related issue, I opened it, only to be greeted by the most hate-filled Islamophobic message I've ever seen. To make matters worse, I realized it was actually a response forwarded by a close member of my family. My entire body reacted to this message - I felt stressed, ill, tense - all kinds of things that are bad for my health. I wanted to retaliate, to show both of my relatives how wrong they were, to site facts and figures. But in the end, I realized that they don't want to know. Haters just want to hate. So my question is how should one respond to such hate-filled messages?