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I would like to transition from the discussion regarding the practicalities of discrimination and hate to the theoretical reasons why I believe it is good practice to be concerned about others.
It’s not only good to have an understanding about why you should be concerned about the others, even those who choose to dislike and/or disagree with you, but why we should consider others.
My opinion and I believe that I can assume others may agree that hate for hate only intensifies the existence of hate. I use to respond to hateful people with an equally hateful or sarcastic response. I quickly realized that this practice was a poor illustration of the point I was trying to make. You can hate me, but I don’t have to hate you. You can disagree, ignore or discount what I have to say, but often the person only seeks attention. Essentially we all just seek the anesthetizing comfort of being right or identified with the majority, but it doesn’t mean that our way is the only way. We’re all human, so you may be wrong.
So why allow someone to infect you with their hatred, misconceptions and delusions of your experiences because they don’t understand or disagree with you?
The strong person is the one who recognizes hate in its most illusive disguise and unmask it with love, tolerance, acknowledgment and patience. Because someone must have enough courage, empathy and be moral enough to cut it off and inject within the very structure of the discourse the example of the strong and powerful element of love in the midst of the tragedy of their hate, delusions or misunderstanding. It’s just not worth the unnecessary stress and energy that hate causes.
Considering the experiences and circumstances of others allows you an opportunity to forgive and reconcile yourself by seeking to understand how you may have been wrong, naïve or misinformed.
I just can not find a reason why I should hate you. I may disagree with you, choose not to subscribe to the same ideology as you or dislike what you do, but I don’t see the long-term value in hate, just tragedy of it.
“Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love (1963)
References & Inspirations
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – 11/17/1957 “Loving Your Enemies”