Hate. Part 4.

My dreams of humanity’s future include limitless energies, space-faring families, a ravenous curiosity for the unknown, boundless optimism, ceaseless enthusiasm, confidence just short of arrogance, elimination of hunger and control of disease. Most importantly, my dreams for future generations includes eliminating hate. In many ways this one component of behavior is the single greatest obstacle between today’s civilization and the future of my dreams.

Why is hate important? More to the point, why is hate a monumental obstacle? Because, by its very definition, hate influences the way we think, the way we see, hear, and how we feel. It is hatred of “the others” keeping many children of Sudan, Angola, or Ethiopia impoverished, malnourished and mistreated. Such children become soldiers who, by rote, hate “the others” enough to continue the cycle anew. It is hatred of science keeping otherwise intelligent people away from knowledge. Such knowledge deniers are more likely to be swayed by peer pressure and lax logic. It is only by learning to see clearly that we can create the future of our dreams.

Then, why does hate exist? And, if we recognize hate as evil, why do we allow it to persist? There must be a strong biological reason for hate to be with us since the dawn of history. However, this essay is not going to explore that reason. Suffice it to say that, in certain primitive settings, hate can improve your chances for survival and reproduction.

Why then does it persist? Buddha, Jesus, and other prophets have recognized and warned us against hate. Why then do we keep it? Perhaps it’s because we like it? No, it is not the same like as liking ice cream, but the kind of like that is only recognized for the indirect impact it has upon our lives. Allow me to elaborate.

We are emotional creatures. This is not a choice, but how we are made. We can, and do, fight our emotions to some extent, but in truth our mental organism requires emotion as food. Witness the onslaught of both fictional and real drama bombarding us. Who likes whom? Who hates whom? Who has made up and made love to whom? The popularity of romance novels, mysteries and thrillers are ample evidence that we, as humans, require exposed emotions as our major source of entertainment.

If you accept that premise, please now consider this; hate is the most potent emotion driving most other strong emotions. [1] Hate makes drama. Imagine the Big Brother house [2] in which there is no conflict, no hate. Nothing happens. Everyone gets along. You would never watch such a boring show. You would never have the chance, because the producers would never air such a show. Good producers choose contestants who are strong emoters, and likely to conflict with others. They lock the contestants in a house together, turn cameras on, and Presto, you have instant entertainment.

Hate drives our conflicts. We love to watch conflict, that’s why hollywood produces so many. But to make our future dreams become real, hate must be abandoned, buried. How can this be shown in a simple book?

I don’t know. Emotions are not the answer. People want emotions for entertainment, not for serious study. Dry philosophical analysis? Doubtful, for even mention of the ‘ph’ word glazes the eyes of most, including me. What if there were a way to wrap a study of hate into its more nascent biological state, fear? And from our study of fear, we wrap again the entire package into a form of self-help and get-rich book? It may be that this is the best way to show the average person that their hate hurts themselves more than anyone else. And that by understanding and controlling their hate, their fear, it will be possible to see business opportunities that were hidden.

Perhaps we can create a future without hate after all, not by clamoring about how evil it is, or how the world will be a better place without it. No, perhaps the only way to get rid of hate in all of us is to show each one of us how much more money we can make without it in our lives!

 

[1] Love being the great exception.

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Brother_(TV_series)

 

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