Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King Jr.
Hate seems to be on the rise in our world. It seems to be growing exponentially, spewing out of human vessels in a heap of vomit onto fellow vessels. It’s a stench affecting the lives of both.
Is it actually growing or has the atmosphere become conducive to the expression of hate? I tend to lean toward the latter, that humans, in their base state, the ignorant state, feel a need to hate. It’s why Trump, May, Duterte, Le Pen, Erdogan, and other right wingers are coming to power.
It takes higher order thought to move beyond hate, beyond fear and loathing, to cultivate a state of acceptance creating a bridge to the higher realms of existence where love is possible, is a norm. It’s an ability too many of us lack. It’s an ability clouded by hate.
Jesus preached love. Buddha preached love. The great religions were founded on love yet have become platforms for hate, for intolerance, for classifying people into those worthy of love and those deserving hate. For a Christian to hate another because they are not us is to say God made a mistake when creating diversity. It is to deny their faith.
Hate is the greatest scourge on the planet. It has calmed more lives than disease, claimed more lives than accidents, is the single greatest contributor to destruction on our planet.
We hate for trivialities – pigments of skin we don’t like, sexual orientations we don’t understand, religious affiliation, place of birth, gender, perceived slights, the mere existence of an individual that is not us, not me, not you.
Buddha taught love yet there are terrorists disguised as Buddhists as there are terrorists disguised as Christian, terrorists disguised as Muslim. No religion is free of this curse.
What will it take for humanity to rid its heart of hate? Is it possible to evolve beyond the need to hate someone? Anyone? Or can it only be eliminated by education? If education, then our school systems are in dire need of change.
There must be equal dollars for all schools so the have nots have the same the educational opportunities of the haves so they can prosper instead of being walled up in poverty. Classes must show the horror perpetrated because hate runs wild in the world. Hate & Love must be openly discussed in a context of learning not blaming. People must learn to remove the log in their own eyes. We must learn acceptance of differences.
But, how do we remove the hate passed through the womb and nurtured in the home?