It gets thrown around everywhere and I wonder if we really think about just what it means?
According to dictionary.com, hate is defined as:
–verb (used with object)
|1.||to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.|
|2.||to be unwilling; dislike: I hate to do it.|
–verb (used without object)–noun
|3.||to feel intense dislike, or extreme aversion or hostility.|
|4.||intense dislike; extreme aversion or hostility.|
|5.||the object of extreme aversion or hostility.|
It is the hostility part that bothers me. We saw it demonstrated again in Fort Hood just last Thursday. Almost immediately, the hate mongers came out and started in on how they hate all Muslims. Did we hear the same screams of hatred towards all Christians when Timothy McVeigh bombed the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995? If we did, I don't remember it. (On a side note: he wrote a letter telling why he did it. You can read it by clicking here. I found it interesting he sent the letter to Fox News which was published almost six years to the day he bombed the building.)
If you ever have an opportunity to stand on a school playground for any length of time, just listen to the children tell each other how they hate another child because of something they may or may not have said or done. Have you ever had your sweet, little seven-year-old daughter say, "I hate vegetables!" Where did she learn to hate anything?
Is hate a learned emotion? Are we born to hate, or do we learn to hate from the people around us?
Have you ever heard yourself say, "I hate this traffic," or "I hate rainy days," or "I hate the Packers and the Yankees"? Do you really hate or are you just frustrated because you are inconvenienced or disappointed your team lost? Even former President George H.W. Bush said he hated broccoli.
Personally, there are things I hate. I hate war, violence, cancer, poverty, homelessness and racism — to name just a few. I have a much longer list of things I dislike. (He said with tongue firmly planted in cheek.)
Confucius said, "Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny."
Are we becoming, or are we already a country of hate? If we are, what can we do to turn it around, or is it a lost cause?
I look forward to your comments.