Hello Curious Friend. Welcome to my book about Hate. The number tells you where you are in the sequence. I look forward to your comments.
Why Study Hate? (Continued)
Hate is the emotion to tackle. But let’s examine “why” more closely. If you are already convinced, then by all means, skip ahead to the next chapter. You, and I, already feel the pain and anguish hate has leveled on society.
If, however, you are not convinced, then please read on. You should know that I was also not convinced when I began this project. Hate seemed to me to be secondary to fear, for instance. But thinking through the problem in many different ways led me to this conclusion – hate is the greatest emotional danger facing mankind. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to the many faces of mankind’s greatest antagonist: Hate.
It is my expectation that this chapter will be as hard for you to read as it was for me to write. To begin I’m going to explain why we must study hate, and the first step of that process is to show examples of hate. This evidence should convince you that hate is all around us today and been with us as long as any of us can personally remember. In fact, hate seems to have been present since the very beginning of history itself.
As I write this in the closing days of 2014, various acts have occurred within the month casting a pall over this normally festive time of year.
The first was within our nation, and appears connected to a string of violent encounters between “blacks” and police. I put blacks in quotes because these people aren’t black; they have darker skin than most Americans, mostly shades of brown. Police, on the other hand, are exactly who they are supposed to be. Hard-working employees of our local government attempting to maintain order and decency within society. It’s hard, thankless, and unforgiving work that requires a very special mind. Small wonder that police officers throughout the world find that they have more in common with each other than with their own neighbors.
This first hateful event happened in New York City, where two officers were killed in cold blood. The coward who killed them didn’t know them and hadn’t even bothered to try. Supposedly, as the story currently goes, these poor police officers were killed in retribution for violent clashes other officers had previously with black men in other cities.
In Missouri, a young man was killed for carrying a toy gun in a store that sold toy guns.
In New York City, another man was killed by a choke-hold over selling packages of cigarettes. In these last two cases, the extent of the root crime appears ridiculous: Buying a toy? Selling smokes? Yet something deeper, something more sinister was at work. And two police officers, both dark skinned, were killed in cold blood.
To be continued …