Hate, the book: 130

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Part Three
Chapter Twenty
Order From Chaos    (Continued)

Lots of famous people have already suggested this.

Without the entertainment journalist, we would know nothing.  This is not to say our lives would be any worse off, because they wouldn’t.  But it would also mean we would not have access to yet another embodiment of hate.

Of our three hate actors, the entertainment journalist represents the only possible candidate for observer.  That’s why this is the simplest of the three.

What of the object of our hateful source, the target?  We have a limited number of player candidates, so let’s list them first.  There is Kutcher himself, his hot tub companion, and his wife.

Is it possible we’re missing someone?  Yes, the family that Kutcher is a part of.  When he married, he became part of his wife’s family.  He even received a special name for his new position: step-father.

Becoming a stepfather is such a common event in our culture that we tend to overlook its importance.  Take a moment to look at this family through the eyes of the children.  To them, their first father had left them or had never been there.

Being children, they imagine that their first father left because of something they’d done.  Suddenly, in the child’s eyes, another father appears.  This second father is not exactly like the first, but children are quite willing to overlook those differences.

Of course there are so many other factors complicating their lives that this simple sketch ignores them all.  Fundamentally, the lives of the children now reside and partially revolve around their second father, someone in whom they can now reestablish their own identities and self-worth.

In short, the children adopt their second father as part of the family.  Kutcher, his wife, and her two children are a unit.  This unit, this family, is the last player in our scenario and is a candidate for being a target.

In the second scene, the family has been broken, Kutcher has left.  The children now have yet another forgotten father to blame for their future failures.  They must conquer yet another emotional demon in order to realize normal lives.

So we now have all our players: Kutcher, his wife, his family, and his hot tub hussy.
So how can any of these players be harmed?

We have already seen how the family can be split apart, which is a very tangible form of harm.  The wife can be harmed because she realizes Kutcher prefers the company of other women.  Perhaps the woman in the hot tub with Kutcher is also being harmed because she may not have wanted to spend time with him after all.  It may have been against her will.  Maybe she had been coerced or drugged.

Finally, our least likely suspect for harm is Kutcher himself.  Perhaps he was lured into the tub by that woman, or even someone else for precisely the effect it would have on his family.  Maybe someone wanted to harm him using the woman in the tub.  Or perhaps it could have been as innocuous as a friend playing a practical joke on him.  There is also the possibility that someone else behind the scene is responsible.

To be continued …

Hate, the book: 129

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Order From Chaos    (Continued)

Lots of famous people have already suggested this.

Scenario Kutcher

Since we are creating plays, this next one features a famous actor, Ashton Kutcher.  Incidentally, Kutcher was mentioned earlier as having played a bit part in a real-world crime that featured a serial killer who had murdered a young woman only moments before Kutcher was to take her out on a date.

In fact, he’d seen the blood on the carpet through the window, but assumed it to be red wine and left, not knowing the truth at the time.

In this new scenario, Kutcher becomes our star.  He’s featured here simply because this “news” became available at the same time this chapter was composed.

What makes this scenario so interesting is the same reason it figures second-to-last in my presentation, it is more complex than any of the preceding scenarios.  In practical terms, there are more possible hate plays from this incident than any of we’ve seen up to this point.

This scenario is based upon one simple, single scene.  A hot tub in which Kutcher and a woman are “enjoying” each other’s company.

Complicating their enjoyment is the fact that Kutcher is married, and that woman in the hot tub is not his wife.

For comparison, there is a second “aftermath” scene that doesn’t concern us, but is interesting.  Here, Kutcher’s wife sues for divorce, and it’s possible this hot tub incident was a factor.  I’m sharing this second future scene with you because I want to show how significant it may be in a few paragraphs.

For now, though, let’s return to Kutcher’s hot tub.

First, you may question the mere presentation of this scenario itself.

Where is the hate?

Where is the harm?

Who indeed is the source of this hate?  Surely it can’t be our star?  If not him, the young woman he’s with?

Someone else?

Finally, who’s the observer?

Let’s start at the end, as it promises provide the simplest answer.

Our observer is a specialized form of journalist.  This journalist isn’t interested in war or knowledge or politics.  No, this special journalist is only interested in the lives of celebrities.  The more emotionally charged their lives, the better the story.  More importantly, the more popular the celebrity, the better the story, and by extension, the greater the potential fame for the reporter.

As you may have already guessed, my regard for the reputation and integrity of entertainment journalism is low.  In fact, I would be hard pressed to point to any evidence showing where an entertainment reporter has ever displayed exemplary qualities in the adherence to facts, sound story writing, and above all, reporting on a subject of substance.

That said, my bias here lies exposed for all to see.

Anyway, I digress.  Let’s continue with our scenario.

We must focus on the entertainment reporter in order to learn anything about Kutcher and his hot tub hotty.  The entertainment journalist keeps us abreast of his wife, a famous actress in her own right, and her two children from another marriage.

To be continued …

Hate, the book: 128

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Order From Chaos    (Continued)

Lots of famous people have already suggested this.

Scenario Patel

Ms. Parvi Patel is a young woman who decided her newborn would be better off in a dumpster rather than living with her and her parents.  It seems obvious that the source of hate in this case is Parvi, but who exactly is the target?

Our blessed child who knew of life for only a few breaths was spared every knowledge of harm and was soon beyond the reach of any pain nature could bestow.

No, the baby was not Parvi’s target.

Was it Parvi herself?  Or perhaps her possibly overbearing parents?  Maybe it was her way of hurting them, removing the possibility of their enjoying a grandchild.  Or perhaps the act was to shame herself in their eyes.

Finally, could it be that Parvi may have been trying to harm the father of her child, who had abandoned her?  In our era it usually considered a woman’s burden, a woman’s fault, for allowing a man to impregnate her.

Once pregnancy is acknowledged, an expectant mother whose mate has left her is generally left without any male accomplice.

This doesn’t mean she doesn’t think about the father of her child.  Indeed, it’s likely she thinks about him and the outcome of his deed almost continuously, as Parvi surely did.
Finally, who are the observers in this tragedy?  The legal system and its investigators, no doubt.  But their interests are in legal facts, not the underlying story.

Perhaps the medical professionals trying to help Parvi are the observers.  It could be that it was the journalists who covered the story.

Finally, perhaps even her parents can be considered observers.  Maybe they were looking to understand their daughter, to possibly reassert their love for her, to help her prepare for a normal life.

For each of these observers there is a slightly different play to write, for every one of them observes.  And what happened from any one of their perspectives will be slightly different than the other observers.

Finally, and not so innocently, consider this last complication.  Yes, Parvi is the most obvious candidate for the part of source.  However, consider this; Parvi’s parents came from an old culture that places a very high value on birthright and social position, one that doesn’t look kindly toward bearing children out of wedlock.

Is it conceivable that Parvi’s parents put so much pressure on her that she felt the need to do something extreme in order to appease them?  If this were the case, is it then not possible to extend the role of source to her parents, or even the culture they came from?

To be continued …

Hate, the book: 127

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Lots of famous people have already suggested this.

Another possible target I can suggest in this scenario is all of us, the world.  For perhaps his own pain was great enough so that he wanted the world to gasp, even if it were only for a moment.

We did.

Our last possible actor in this scenario represents the observers, and here I will argue that there is only one possible group.  True, a horrified world stood by and watched as events unfolded.

However, there is a special group of trained, experienced, and somewhat hardened men and women we trust to wrest facts from those alpine cliffs.

These are the accident investigators.  They are the ones we train and trust to carefully sift through mountains of data in order to present the most likely cause of such an unfortunate event.

From them the story is told to journalists, and from the journalists to us.  We are the comfortable audience, horrified and enthralled.  But as students of hate, we must also be careful not to let these stories mislead us.

There are two other observations I would like to make on this scenario that involve two other possible players, although they may not be actors.  First, there is the organization that regulates the actions of all European airlines.  Within the USA there is a rule stating that there must be two people inside the cockpit at all times.

When the Germanwings captain left the cockpit to use the bathroom, the co-pilot locked him out.  With new unbreakable cockpit doors designed to keep out terrorists, that co-pilot made himself invincible.  Had another crewman been in the captain’s place, this tragedy might have been averted.

Secondly, the very existence of that unbreakable door is also something to consider.  The reason that door exists is because of our government’s great fear that more suicide terrorists are going to board our planes and overcome the pilots.

Yet, since 2001, there have been no more such cockpit attacks.  Even with enhanced passenger screening, these fortress doors remain.

The goal of the terrorists was to inflict great harm on our society, and one aspect of that harm has been increased screening and fortress cockpits.  Without those doors, it’s possible this Germanwings tragedy would not have happened.

To be continued …

Hate, the book: 126

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 Twenty
Order From Chaos    (Continued)

Lots of famous people have already suggested this.

If our student has read Appendix B they know the answer.  If they haven’t, then I can spring the surprise conclusion from this fundamental assumption: No one on that tragic flight was harmed.

The new student will no doubt stare and think this is crazy.  At which point we begin the following explanation.

Death is not harm, it is exactly what it sounds like – death.  Death is the end of a life.  Living entails joy and suffering.  Living means experience and expectations.  Life revolves around love, and in some cases, hate.  When hate results in death, all harm is forgotten for the target.

Pain, expectations, and love are gone.  They no longer exist.  And by our definition, hate is inflicting harm.

If the Germanwings co-pilot wanted to harm himself and those on the plane, he did a poor job of it.  For a few brief moments those poor souls on that plane knew what was coming, and in those moments they probably suffered great harm in the form of mental anguish.

Yet, in the fraction of a second it took the empennage of that aircraft to smash into the cliff, everything they knew was gone.  The terror, grief and pain were erased.  And for the most “fortunate” few who knew nothing, like the infants, there was no harm done.  Their lives were simply over.

No, the co-pilot was not that stupid.  He wanted to harm someone, but it wasn’t the passengers; he didn’t even know them.  No, he possibly wanted to send a message of harm to someone he knew.  Whom did he know?

He once had a girlfriend.  Had, in the sense that she had left him some time earlier.  As a young and presumably deranged man, he must have felt harmed, abandoned, and willing to commit a senseless act to try and win her attention, if not her affection.

Affection?  Yes, affection, for it is a common human frailty to imagine others valuing us more highly “once we are gone.”

How many children have uttered the epithet, “You’ll miss me when I’m gone” as they prepare to run away?  How many of us have imagined, in secret, how others would react in our absence?

Most people, I’d wager.  So yes, unfortunately, our co-pilot’s suicide may have been a desperate response to his failure to realize love.

Is there anyone else he may have been speaking to or addressing?  Could he have been targeting his managers?  Is it possible that he attributed his frustrated love life to how he was being treated by airline management?

After all, Germanwings is a budget feeder airline for parent Lufthansa.  Like most feeder airlines, it does not pay its pilots very well.  It probably also gives them terrible schedules.  And it may not offer much in the way of career advancement.

Some of these perks may be necessary if one is going to have a serious girlfriend.  Therefore, in this poor man’s mind, he may have felt that his management must suffer for what they had done to him.  And what better way to harm them than by creating a tragedy that cost them their reputation and one of their aircraft?

To be continued …