Hate, the book: 088

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.

Part Three
Chapter Sixteen
Catch the Conscience   (Continued)

Stopping it sounds good. But like real stop signs, most people just roll through it.

So what has our discussion about age gained us?  Only that our three actors represent three different levels of understanding relative to each other.  Tango is lowest, Oscar highest.  Each higher actor understands the lower actors.  Each higher actor will also have a better understanding of what happens and why things happen.  In terms of our play, the older actor has a greater understanding.

It is here that our concept of an actor’s age must be abandoned, because in so many real-life scenes the actors may be of any age, or no age at all.

Take the case of hate where one government works to destroy another.  What then should we use in place of age in a macro-level example of such hate?

We will use “levels.”  An alternative way to describe whether someone is above me in “age” would be to say they exist on a higher level.  In our play, Oscar sits on the highest level, Sierra on the middle level, and Tango upon the lowest.

Three actors, three levels.  That’s all we need to describe every situation of hate.  More will be said about levels and how they can help us understand hate much better than we do today, when we deal with each of these areas in greater detail.

Audience

There is one final aspect of our play that must now be considered, and it’s as vital as any other.  Strangely enough, this last component is usually neglected in traditional literary discussions.

But this is no frivolous literary deconstruction, for our stakes are much higher: the elimination of hate in our world.

So then what is this final component that will help us achieve this seemingly impossible goal?

It is the unseen, unmentioned, and unappreciated audience.  It’s me.  It’s you.

Whether we sit in a theater and absorb some artistic energy for a few hours, or read this text line by line, in aggregate we are an important component to understanding hate.

Why is that?

Because it is the audience that Oscar will report to when all is said and done. Oscar’s report may only be to his wife, but she is still the audience.

She is the audience here because she was not present when Sierra pushed Tango.  Oscar must relate the event to her as best he can, but of necessity many details will be left out.

We, as an audience to any hateful expression, must realize that our information will always be insufficient.  We can never know everything about it because we weren’t there.  We must rely upon the insights of an observer, or observers.

To be continued …

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