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Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Fundamentals of Hate
Can you really hate a snake? It must be just fear.
Can you see it in yourself?
There is a fundamental notion of need. Need is really a life or death concept. Even at that we stretch it when we look globally. While millions die millions live without adequate shelter, food, clothing or water. If the shocks you OK. Far more people live in such circumstances than people with everything they “need”. Need is survival and we have moved far beyond that, like; education, healthcare, a living, four walls and heat, and yes our precious organic food and palatable water.
I do those things that I must do. I get to spend some time doing what I want to do. I really try to spend as little time as possible telling you what you should do. I hope these sermons are not taken as directives on how to lead your life. I hope they are taken as leading to inquiries into reflection and motivation.
Did you know that most people do not like the profession of being a lawyer? There are well over a million in the US. Mostly people do not like lawyers because of the 5% that sue people. And of course cost like medicine. We do not care for the confrontation and one side seeking money from the other for what they label as an atrocity. I giggle when I think of the irony of people hating the lawyer yet screaming that what another person does is criminal or at least horrible. It is really funny if you think about it. Let us kill all the lawyers but accuse and accurse someone for what they do. Modern life is funny sometimes.
Lawyers and POTUS are quite similar. Fifty percent of folks or so hate them both. Strange again that the last two Democratic Presidents with a total of 16 years were lawyers. Yet the Republicans were not. So we certainly do not really want to kill all the lawyers as is what happened to our great POTUS Lincoln.
But the point of all that is that folks who hate either are really kind of hypocrites. Jump on that hate train and your true voice gets turned into irrational. We see it all the time.
I watched some rather lengthy discussions on line where “educators” were all pissed off at Trump. I looked and looked and he had done nothing of consequence to education. His education secretary has been on a roll meeting people and getting and understanding the voice of the nation straight on education. Fully all sides. And yet without doing anything of consequence she, as a human, is hated by folks.
Is it now acceptable to hate a human being based on something they may do? Our fear starting in about our second year of WWII was no longer at all that our enemies may take over the world. It was that we feared they would keep killing.
Love and Hate
I did not eat that chocolate cookie!
Hate cannot exist unless we agree that emotions are fact.
There is something very disconcerting watching people spout vitriolic hate at someone they believe hates another. For an old preacher man it scares me to my core. Hate met with hate met with more and up and up it goes, where it stops nobody knows. Probably emotional and physical violence. And for sure as you explain it to a young one you must start with there is no way either side can claim right anymore. They have forgotten what they are fighting for. I read a man attacking another on 8 issues in about 300 words. Really? Applying any logic that man clearly forgot 9/10’s of any issue he was addressing, therefor it became clear he has started to simply hate.
Has history taught us anything more clearly than matching hate with hate escalates the hate. If this sounds overly Christian religious, just look around, this is at the core of all paths to redeeming spirituality. “Do not hate!” I am not telling you not to hate, you have full license. I am merely telling you that when you do in a practiced manner you give up all rights to claim virtue. You no longer get to claim any position of spirituality and faith. You hate another of God’s creation and you do not stand on terra firma.
If it is your rather, look for hate in Darwin, in Plato, in Hawkins, in science at all. There can be no hate in logical atheistic thought. It just does not work. It is emotional and proof positive of something more than the empirical. You base your actions on the emotion of hate – and you lost the debate toward rational godless existence.
My young son and I have an exception to the no hate rule. We hate to lose. So if you outscore us or take our queen we say “I hate you”. And off into the air the absurdity of hate floats until it has not weight at all, it ceases to exist. (a little caveat here, I hate myself when I do something boneheaded that causes loss. But I get over that quickly)
The mighty Century Plant
Hate is absolutely a personal war.
Situations do not cause hate. We cause hate.
Is the difference between hate and anger simply acting upon it? Probably not. Probably less deep. Count to ten and a compulsion to act in anger is diminished. It would seem that counting at all or letting any time go by only exacerbates hate. Like those Serbian folks hating for 3 generations or an American black hating me for slavery even though my ancestors got here much later. Or the Native American hating me because I am white even though my dad practiced medicine on the rez for over two decades. These things called prolonged social hate are just nasty as hell.
“I hate her because of the non-PC way she talks”. Hmm. PC is supposed to be all about not hating in speech. Where did that go so wonkers. Catholics and Protestants hated each other so much they killed each other a whole lot, from Luther for sure through the IRA. And the same can of course be said of Jews, Muslims and Christians. And if you are looking for hate killing numbers do not look further than throughout all of Chinese history. One hate battle after another.
I propose a thought process that goes a bit like this: Do we grow in hate as we grow in love, is it synergistic. And we must be careful that we own our hate or love lest it just become an addiction to approval by others.
Truly I tell you hate is personal. It is not of a position or an issue. It is about one human being hating another human being. Hating institutions makes no sense as they are not capable of being hated. Perhaps next time you voice hate, you could be so kind as to just direct it at me. I can take your hate and not hate you back. Easy Peasy. Your hating me will in no way change how I feel about you. Perhaps that will end your hate unless you are simply addicted to hate.
How can I hate you without even seeing your face for real? Hate is either institutional or personal, please make your choice. If it is because you are a cog in a hate/protest machine accept that and own it. If you hate a person and have never been in the same room with them own that and accept that. (no there are no Hitler’s, Pol Pots or the like running around outside of really strange countries) No one is burning people or books save the crazies who seem to always be around. If you hate a man without meeting him you are filled with hate and God save you.
Simple enough question for reflection
Do you hate someone?
You might lie to yourself about hate, but it don't lie to you.
Your feelings are valid. I respect them. But....