Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Hatred is NOT an unnecessary emotion.

"Don't hate, it's a waste of emotion and energy on negative things my friend."
- A good friend of mine

As this quote demonstrates, many people seem to think that hate is a completely useless emotion that has no purpose in life. That nothing good ever comes of it. And this bothers me. Why? Because it shows that many people misunderstand hate. Hate is the guy at the back of the poetry slam that no one wants to listen to. Hate is the kid who no one invites to lunch with them. Hate is the emotion that everyone feels, yet everyone denies. Hate is a massive force behind the progression of everyday life. Hate is essential to the human condition. So why does everyone hate on hate?

If everyone focused solely on the positive things in life, would anything ever get done? No. Why help the starving kids in third-world countries? This PB and J sandwich is delicious. President Bush is starting an unnecessary war to gain more wealth and destroy the U.S. people? Don't think about that, it'll only make you mad. Genocide, rape, racism? Don't think about those. Think about the party next weekend! Hooray!

If the colonists had not hated King George III and his taxation without representation, they would not have left to form a new country. If Martin Luther King, Jr. had not hated the mistreatment of black people, we would never have had the Civil Rights movement. If so many people did not hate George Walker Bush, we would never have elected Barack Obama. Do you understand where I'm going with this? Hate can be a positive thing.

So go out there and do something good in the world. Start hating things. I've even started a Facebook group for it:

“Those who hate most fervently must have once loved deeply; those who want to deny the world must have once embraced what they now set on fire.”
- Kurt Tucholsky