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.
As I said earlier, some people have eradicated the emotion of hate from their lives. The personal stories of such people have been fodder for Hollywood movies, while those who have influenced the minds of millions to abandon hate have been given lofty places of honor, like: Buddha and Jesus thousands of years ago and more recently, Gandhi and King.
So for those who have conquered hate, whether everyday person or saint, how exactly did they do it? Can we say that their hate is permanently gone? How has removing hate from their lives changed them?
Most importantly, can anyone remove the emotion of hate?
Now let’s extrapolate all this on a macro level: Can a society eliminate hate? How would that elimination impact individual members of society? Is it possible that society may be worse off than before if hate were eliminated?
In other words, does the existence of hate in society confer some advantage that we don’t recognize? If so, is it possible this advantage is something so important that without it our society could implode?
Does hate allow our society to successfully compete against other societies? Perhaps hate is a form of emotional arms race? Or is a necessary evil that allows us to develop a healthier society, akin to restricting calories to lose weight or exercising to get healthier?
The truth is we don’t know the answers to any of these questions.
But we can try to find out. Follow me.
By an unexpected turn of our history a bit of the truth, an insignificant part of the whole, was allowed out in the open. But those same hands which once screwed tight our handcuffs now hold out their palms in reconciliation: “No, don’t! Don’t dig up the past! Dwell on the past and you’ll lose an eye.”
But the proverb goes on to say: “Forget the past and you’ll lose both eyes.”
Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn, Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 An Experiment in Literary Investigation I – II, page x (introduction).
To be continued …