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.
Order From Chaos (Continued)
Our second scenario appears simple at first because of the classical interpretation we have of hate. A plane full of innocent and unsuspecting strangers falls victim to a deranged co-pilot.
Flying from Barcelona to Germany, this co-pilot decides to end his own life by flying the entire aircraft into the side of a mountain. Our first glance, even using our new tools, would suggest that the source is our co-pilot, the target everyone else in the aircraft, and the observer a horrified world.
As with any new tool, care must be taken in its use. Used precisely, new possibilities emerge, and it is these possibilities we are exploring now.
Whether the co-pilot’s actions are good or bad isn’t for debate, they simply happened. What we need to focus on here is whether our new tools can enable us to see anything that the old methods of would miss.
The good news is yes, our new tools will soon reveal new insights into this event. The bad news is that you and I must divert briefly to the relationship between death with respect to harm.
Fundamentally, in order to be hated, you must be alive. If you are dead, you are no longer being harmed. You have become an object, a piece of the Earth. If we define hate as the intent of source to cause harm to the target, then the last thing the source wants to do is kill the target.
Appendix B goes into this in a bit more depth. For now, we assume that the source of hate does not want to kill his target. The corollary to this is that if someone is killed, the target must have been someone, or something, else.
We now return to our discussion of Germanwings. We are certain that in this scenario there is only one source of hate, and only one person who wished to do harm to others, and that is the deranged co-pilot.
Whatever role his mental state, sense of despondency, or medical history may have played in his horrific action, we can point decisively at him and say he is our hater.
His actions have harmed others. There is no other source.
Now we must move on to those who have been harmed. At first glance, according to our traditional interpretation, we are tempted to say those who were harmed were on that plane.
If I were to ask you if that included them all, you, as a student of hate would probably say yes. And to show how closely you have paid attention to previous chapters, you will point out, quite rightly, that the hater and the hatee are one and the same.
Source and target in this case are also embodied in the same person.
Here is where we return to the definition of harm. At this point, I would ask you and any other new student of hate how a target’s expectations influence harm.
To be continued …