There is a problem today. It’s a problem that’s been prevalent since the dawn of time: Hate.
Hate is defined by Merriam/Webster as an intense hostility and aversion towards something usually deriving from fear, anger or sense of injury. I think ignorance should be inserted in there at some point.
What is usually going on when the wrath of “hate” is incurred? Odds are nothing actually warranting a hateful response.
“I hate traffic!” “I hate the Bears!” “I hate broccoli!”
Try again. Those are not things worth hating.
Hate takes a lot out of a person if they are legitimately full of hate for something. Hate implies you are willing to go to great lengths to eradicate the thing you are directing, hate towards. You are not going to go to great lengths to wipe broccoli or traffic from existence.
Hate, much like love is over used. People are fickle. People use words to convey conviction and impress the people around them; they have resolved to take an action. “I hate Justin Bieber!” No you don’t. You dislike his music. You will change the station on the radio if his music comes on, you will not attend his concert, you will not buy his music and/or you will not recommend his music to friends. That is not hate. That is “not your preference.”
If you legitimately hated him; you would find away to kill him.
Ignorance should be added to the spectrum of hate, because when you see or hear it used; it’s by lame-brains who use it in heinous ways, but never take action. Thereby neutering the word and minimizing the causes, however wrong of people who actually hate things.
May we get a little hairy?
“I hate…insert race of person…so much!”
Yeah. Put a race in there and feel your mind recoil in horror and the thought of you actually HATING those people.
Really, pause for a minute. “I hate gay people.” “I hate people on welfare.” “I hate…insert nationality of a person…so much!”
You hate those things, big guy? You hate them? Are you a big man? You gonna step up and support those claim, big dawg?
I didn’t think so. You don’t have the resolve the people who really hate, have. Go back to any of the people, we find people hating. Then go find one and shoot them in the face. Remove the thing you hate. You hate it. Fix it.
There are people out there who really hate. They hate and have hated black people enough to murder them. Jews have been on the receiving end of hate for generations. Hitler was serious about hate to the tune of 6 million murdered.
Realize you are an ignorant person to exclaim your hate for people. Realize you aren’t allowed to hate people unless you’re willing to kill them.
We’re to help people. We’re to care about people.
It’s a classic scenario: you have a problem, find a solution.
We can hate situations if we’re willing to fix them. We can hate behavior if we are willing to take steps to inform people and eradicate the behavior. But, we CANNOT hate people.
We can disagree without hate.
I don’t agree with people who don’t take care of their families. I don’t hate them. I don’t agree with them. I don’t appreciate their actions.
I don’t care about gay people. I’m completely neutral on the act of gayness. I disagree with things surrounding that topic, but I don’t hate gay people. I wish I could stop hearing about it…but I don’t hate them or it.
We need to focus on the meanings of the words we use. Unless you are willing to go all the way…you don’t hate something.
I’m going to come back around to this topic again…but I wanted to get this out there for now.