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.
Meeting the Definition (Continued)
Keep in mind that our single purpose in this work to define and understand hate is to focus on people, and only people. So far we have agreed that true hate, not pseudo “hate” that refers to an extreme dislike of something like broccoli, leads to the hurting or killing of people.
Therefore, with all due deference to broccoli haters, you can’t hate it in a true sense. You have no way to do it “harm,” the way it’s possible for, say, a supremacist to harm someone who looks different from themselves.
Sure, you can prefer any other vegetable with dinner, and you are welcome to dislike the vegetable, but using the word hate in this context is not appropriate here. Thus, the LMWD is wrong about hate.
What about the dictionary’s definition of enmity and the attempt to use that definition to prove enmity is synonymous with hate?
The problem here is we are unable to use the dictionary’s definition of enmity, which is: an expression of a position or actions that are antagonistic toward someone or something.
Using this definition has us going around in circles again, as antagonism is defined as causing someone to be hostile or unfriendly.
Consider someone who dislikes broccoli so much that he pickets a store that sells it with a “Don’t Buy Broccoli!” sign.
This picketing may anger owners of the store, but eliciting anger wasn’t the goal. Any anger that resulted from the picketing was a side effect. The picketer just doesn’t want people buy broccoli.
So the above logic shows that extreme enmity doesn’t always equate to hate. Therefore it’s wrong to equate the two.
Given all this, then, and without any further beating around the proverbial bush, what is a good working and learning definition of hate?
Hate is a mental state in an individual desiring to hurt or damage another individual or a group of individuals.
That’s all there is to it. Hate. A mental state. Intent to harm.
As simple as this may seem look, there are quite a few implications as to how this new definition changes the way we look at the world. Therefore, the next step will be to reassemble this definition one element at a time, and examine how it all works in much greater detail. And the easiest way for us to do this is through one of the most powerful learning tools our species has ever developed: the story.
Please allow me to introduce you to our first play about hate.
To be continued …