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The proverbial “We” or “Us” (i.e. people who share our values/worldview) have a tendency to put our hate in a different category than the hate spread by the proverbial “Them” (i.e. people who don’t share our values/worldview). We see “Them” as haters, and view their hate as toxic. While we consider our brand of hate as being justified, and maybe even virtuous. Whether it is a hatred of Donald Trump, or Nancy Pelosi, of religion, or godlessness, of Socialism, or Capitalism, of Conservatives or Liberals or any one of the million other things we choose to hate, it all mixes together to create the same poisonous atmosphere. Martin Luther King Jr. observed that, “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”. We won’t get better as a society by continuing to berate, mock, taunt, protest, boycott, slander, threaten and attack each other. As Dr. King rightly concluded, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”   

 

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I’ve long held that our society’s definition of the word “love” has significantly eroded over the course of time; and that despite the fact the passage, “Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs…” is still recited at most weddings, these characteristics have become incredibly rare in most relationships.  Similarly, the meaning of the word “hate” has also evolved considerably in recent years.  This term, which used to be reserved for extreme instances of acrimony, has now become a part of our daily vernacular.  A teacher who tells a student to sit down and quit disrupting the class is considered to be “hating” on them.  A person who doesn’t “like” my post of Facebook is branded a “hater”.  And now a person who espouses an opposing worldview is regularly accused of spreading “hate”.  Despite all the high minded rhetoric that is spewed about “tolerance”, its seems to be in precious short supply for anyone who may have drawn a different conclusion than we have.

 

With such an under-developed sense of what love is, and such an exaggerated sense of what hate is, we probably shouldn’t be shocked that people are routinely gunning each other down in the streets.

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