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Four Myths (Continued)
Does this scenario seem far-fetched? It shouldn’t. It happens today all over the world, including in so-called civilized nations like the USA.
Whether it’s issues between religious fundamentalists and less religious free-thinkers, or between people with different backgrounds, the world is replete with these kinds of conflicts.
And the result of these conflicts is the same.
Something about the other clan is detested. Your clan believes the other clan threatens you in some way. Therefore you are warned to stay away from them.
Anyway, let’s return back to that lazy stream, where you met the man of your dreams.
Before you fell in love with him, let’s say you discovered he wore a green stripe. What then would have happened?
Because you’d been so deeply conditioned by your parents to fear and loathe anyone from the green tribe, you would have run away.
In this case hate helped you make a life choice; a choice that your clan believes helps you, and them, survive. In their eyes, if you had not been taught to hate the greens and had still fallen in love with that green-striped boy, you would have met with disaster.
Has hate ever been taught to truly ensure survival? This is likely. However, since it’s clear there are exceptions to the idea that hate stemmed as a survival mechanism, it must be classified as myth.
Does your culture continue teaching hate? Did you grow up in a household where some group was painted with a broad brush?
Hate is your culture’s way of saying, “Don’t associate with those people because they will make all of us worse off. Hate them now, so that we will be more successful later.”
What are my sources of this myth? I can say that from personal experience, and from direct reports from close friends as a child, that our parents and grandparents were quick to fill our spongy minds with negative stories about other people. These others were to be avoided unless we wanted to risk harm.
We were taught to hate. I am confident that as I was taught, so to were these elders who tried to convince us to hate others. In this way, seeds of hate are sown for generations.
Myth Three: Hate originated as a Tool to Control Others
Could hate have originated as a tool for one group to affect the actions of another? It’s possible, but by no means provable.
It’s common knowledge that some people use whatever tools are at their disposal to sway the minds of other men.
Take political advertising in the USA. During their elections, there are a large number of radio, television and radio ads using hate as a theme.
The message of all of these kinds of ads is the same; “Hate my opponent. Vote for me!”
It’s been known for a long time that hate ads work. They are effective because they touch a deep chord within our psyche. Why they work so well isn’t for discussion here. The fact is they work.
To be continued …