Your hatred doesn’t die when you do – you pass it on.
When you hate someone, you fear someone. It’s really that basic.
You fear what they can do to you or someone close to you, or perhaps you fear that they can destroy something you believe in.
Fear keeps hatred alive and it gets recycled to the next generation, possibly a bit watered down, but kept alive.
That means if we don’t destroy ourselves in the meantime, some future generation will have hatred diluted enough that it’s no longer a factor.
That’s a long time to wait.
Is there a shortcut?
Yes, but only if you believe in the philosophy that you have to clean up your own corner of the world first.
Peace begins with you.
Maybe we institute a world holiday called, “I Don’t Hate Anybody Today.” Everyone is encouraged to participate. All wars have cease fires, all protestors put down their placards, all divorce attorneys are forgiven (well, that may be going a bit too far, but you get the idea).
How can we find a way to celebrate the personal peace that only we can generate? If we’re focused on peaceful feelings, there’s no room for hatred.
Hatred, through conditioning, takes on a life of its own and it becomes a common way of life for too many. Their life isn’t right unless they hate someone. “Those bastards!”
I wonder if those invested in hatred ever did the arithmetic. If you take time to hate someone or something, you can’t be at peace.
The more you hate, the less peace you enjoy. You cause your own lack of peace, and the personal disharmony it causes, when you choose to hate. Hatred is a choice.
Notice how hatred is embedded in our society. “How goes the battle?” is a common question. My answer to that query is usually some form of, “I’m not fighting with anyone.”
You’re probably not going to get rid of all your hatred before you die, but that really isn’t the goal. It’s not how much less hate can we have; it’s more of a question of: “How much more peace can I enjoy?”
Talk with any savvy physician and you’ll find that people who have to be at odds with others enjoy much less health. Your choice to continue being upset upsets your cart, resulting in not having an apple a day.
Invest in hatred or invest in peace? You decide!
It’s like the old church hymn instructs us, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.”
All the best,
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