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November 11, 2019

Deep Hate

Filed under: hate, politics, Uncategorized — jimwes @ 9:34 pm

“Few people can be happy unless they hate

      some other

         person,

            nation, or

               creed.” ~                                                                                                                                                 ~ Bertrand Russell

Hate is the venom that poisons the soul. Yet, all too often, to hate is human. Why do humans hate? Why does hatred grow as a geometric progression once started? One dictionary defines hate as “intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury”

We are experiencing today a worldwide acceleration in the expression of hate. No nation…no human seems to be exonerated from these phenomena. In the Southern United States there is a weed called kudzu originally introduced from Japan in 1876 as an ornamental plant. Its nickname is “the vine that ate the South” because it grows faster than all other plants, covers them completely and causes them to wither and die. Today, kudzu is estimated to cover 3,000,000 hectares (7,400,000 acres). Hate appears to be a kudzu-like human feeling that grows faster than all other feelings, covers them over with distrust and vengefulness and causes feelings like kindness, charitableness and love to wither away and eventually disappear.

Hate starts out as an emotion. Then it becomes a belief. It may stop there or it may grow into a cause. Finally it may take the form of an action against its object or its supporters. Because humans are now more interconnected than ever before, the hate prevalent across the world is readily transmitted instantaneously digitally and visually, thus it can augment itself spectacularly across lands, seas and continents.

We now have progressed to the point that we have hate speech, hate crimes, hate groups and just about all we do falls into some possible category of hate. According to the FBI, hate groups are groups whose “primary (italics added) purpose is to promote animosity, hostility, and malice against persons belonging to a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin which differs from that of the members of the organization.”  Hate often becomes concentrated upon a single individual or a number of individuals with similar beliefs, dress, accents, traditions, customs or conduct.

Since there are many forms of hate it is obvious that there must be a great variety of initiatives that cause it to grow and expand its vile coverage from one human to another, one group to another, one class to another, one nationality to another, one ethnicity to another, one religion to another or almost any other type of associated interest.  Hate thrives on increased feeling of self or others having been wronged, hurt or insulted and grows into more and more animosity, anger and resentment. There is something mysterious that is extremely attractive about having a favorite person, thing, object or class of things upon which to concentrate one’s hate. Today it seems like everyone hates something and some individuals hate many things. Has it always been so?

Deep hate goes even further than a covering and penetrates the full corpus of civilization be it the family, the neighborhood, the city, the region or the state/nation itself. Deep hate knows no limit. It results is overt betrayal of beliefs, friendships, family ties, and the linkages of community, civic and governmental bonds and duties. Deep hate is the hate of the hypocrite, the betrayer, the traitor, the conspirator, the informer, the insider who breaks all bonds of duty, loyalty, decency, and love of persons, communities, cities, bonded groups, and even state/nations. Deep hate degenerates into detestation, hostility, revenge, loathing, abomination and abhorrence. It then is able to justify even more extremely hateful words and deeds. Deep hate seems to be more pervasive than ever as civilization becomes more complicated and frustrating than ever and as organizations in the private, governmental and non-profit sectors evolve into great bureaucracies.

Hate is usually obvious and apparent. It is easily recognized, quickly identified, readily expressed. Deep hate, to the contrary, is characterized by its innate obscurity. It is hidden deeply within. It is anonymous. It is careful. It is quiet. It awaits its proper turn to be unleashed. Then it may surprise its target, embarrass it, humiliate it, and most certainly betray it.

Deep hate is fertilized by contact and communication with other deep haters who form a bond of agreement upon what is to be hated. This bond augments the feeling that something must be done and justifies an act that might not be considered without the feeling of unity of cause. Deep hate is strengthened by the number of deep haters within an organization or group…persons who agree that there is something that must be strongly resisted. Deep hate is very often directed upward toward those in higher authority who may be initially disliked but eventually become despised for reasons that may differ from person to person. The common bond is the excessive growth of the hate impulse among the deep haters who consider their cause just and needed.

Deep hate becomes manifest when someone finally takes action felt to be supported by others as right, correct, just and badly needed. This person relies upon at least tacit support from those who likewise harbor similar hate thus providing a sense of bravado and hopeful security against reprisals.

Deep hate may simply be an action of rejection or opposition to higher authority or it may become an attempt to overthrow it. The more individuals that share the same deep hate, the more likely overthrow or severe embarrassment to higher ups. Needless to say, the greater the bureaucracy involved, the greater likelihood of a wide acceptance of similar deep hate. As a result we see the most glaring cases of deep hate involving labor/management issues and political issues.

Hate is somewhat ethical. It is usually open. It does not deceive nor hide. It opposes but does not betray. Deep hate takes unethical advantage of the trust with which it has been endowed. It opposes by unexpected betrayal.

Once unleashed, how can deep hate be eliminated, minimized or changed into more positive efforts and results?

That is a problem yet to be addressed subtly, carefully and gently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 11, 2009

Political Hatred – Good News?

Filed under: government, hate, politics — jimwes @ 10:40 am

I and many others have been thinking and writing recently about the growing political hatred being expressed in the US and the world.

Well maybe I have some good news…political hatred has been with us forever.  Maybe it is not really growing after all.

Why do I say this?  I just read the book Triumvirate, The story of the Unlikely Alliance that saved the Constitution and the Nation by Bruce Chadwick. It refreshed and added to my memory about the kind of political hatred that was going around as the United States was been founded.  It was tough.

Not only was  hatred spewed between the loyalists (to Britain) and the breakaway colonists, but once separation began the new Americans themselves fought verbally and in writing just about the same as our politicians do today.

During the period of the ratification by the states of the new constitution, that document, today so revered, was covered with everything from hate to lies to exaggerations.  And so were its supporters and opponents.  The haters on both sides were the heroes of the American Revolution and the men we today call our founding fathers.  No one, not even George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, were exempted from being objects of hatred.  Patrick Henry and George Mason were among the greatest opponents of the constitution. Many opponents said that if ratified civil war would be the result. Many supporters said that if not ratified the same would happen.

It is hard to believe but all the folks we admire today were involved in the same kind of political hatred that we abhor today.

I guess that’s good news in a way.  We aren’t getting any worse.

August 25, 2009

Hatred Breeds Threats Against the President & Others

Filed under: hate, politics, presidency — jimwes @ 12:38 am

More thinking about hatred is disgusting but now we are forced to do so.

A nationally known newscaster said a few days ago that he does not remember any time in his career when political hatred has been so high.  Media sponsors are getting nervous.

Clorox announced last week that it was pulling its ads off all political talk shows saying  “We do not want to be associated with inflammatory speech used by either liberal or conservative talk show host.  After a comprehensive review of political talks shows across the spectrum, at this time we have made a decision not to advertise on them. Clorox has done very little advertising on political talk shows overall, and given the sometimes inflammatory nature of these shows, we feel our advertising investment is best directed elsewhere.”

The US Secret Service is in a crisis mode as it must protect the President and his family.

The following video illustrates the worsening situation.

Threats Against the President

Unless this situation is cooled down quickly some incident is going to occur that will cause the present economic and financial crisis to explode into a political and racial crisis!  PRAY!

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May 1, 2009

Political Hatred Getting Disgraceful

Filed under: government, hate, politics, presidency — jimwes @ 12:57 am

Over quite a few years I have observed the growth of a phenomena that I can only define as “political hatred.”  I suppose it began with the birth of politics and has been a part of our entire history as a nation, but during my adult years I have seen it spread like a contagious disease…and that’s really what I think it is.

I remember when folks criticized President Harry Truman; everybody liked Ike; Kennedy and Ford too mostly; but where I began to notice real hatred was with Barry Goldwater, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon.  They were mercilessly publicly detested in a way that seemed more spiteful than ever.  Jimmy Carter did not suffer as much outright hatred, though he was roundly criticized and often ridiculed. Ronald Reagan was very popular but a small vocal group seemed to really hate him even more than the others. Bush 41, a true gentleman, got off light compared to the others.

Then the hatred began to really accelerate.  Bill Clinton was not a good moral example and the combination of his personal failures and some of his politics apparently caused things to degenerate into a bitterness I had never before seen in US politics. And it was contagious. Bush 43 came along and was hated even more, perhaps mostly due to the war (as was Johnson) but his denigrators’ speech and actions seemed to get even more vitriolic.

Now a man, Barack Obama, who wanted to govern differently and achieve consensus according to his book and political campaign statements, is the recipient of an incredible amount of virulent acrimony…it seems to me even more than ever before.

Certainly folks have a right to criticize the president in a free country, but at this moment we are facing a greater number of interacting crises than perhaps ever before in the history of the nation.  There are times when criticism is very useful, especially when it is positively based.  And there are times when inimical criticism is uncalled for and can become dangerous to the entire country.

I think that now is not the time to foment political hatred of the president, yet I see many persons doing just that.

This president has more weight on his shoulders than any president since Abraham Lincoln.  He will do things that  some of us disagree with.  He will make mistakes as all before him have.

But with the United States of America in perhaps the most perilous position since the revolution, faced by external and internal violent terrorists, an axis of evil nuclear ambitious despots, an impending second great depression, a potential life threatening pandemic, a declining moral culture, increasing crime and corruption, global climatic change, burgeoning environmental and moral pollution, a diarrhea of public spending that has created deficits measured in digits too large to comprehend, and many other crises, I think we should all calm down and either support the president or at least avoid the disgracefulness of a public loathing that in the eyes of the world will disgrace and damage our own country while severely weakening its financial, moral and physical security.

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