In psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud defined hate as an ego state that wishes to destroy the source of its unhappiness. More recently, the Penguin Dictionary of Psychology defines hate as a “deep, enduring, intense emotion expressing animosity, anger, and hostility towards a person, group, or object.” Because hatred is believed to be long-lasting, many psychologists consider it to be more of an attitude or disposition than a temporary emotional state
For long physiologists and behavior analysts have tried to define hate and no one has been able to give a holistic view but that is not what I am going to talk about today. We all know what hate is. We have all felt that emotion and surely identify it.
Hate is the root cause of all problems
Most of the problems in this world have a single cause i.e. hate. From terrorism to racism, almost everything has hate as its root cause.
Imagine a world where humans were not capable of hate. What if we were neurologically incapable of hating someone.
It is a bit far fetched but one of those things that I wish were true.
Hate is Reactionary and eternal
I agree but reacting is in your hands. We can make a choice whether to react or not and we usually choose to let our selves get carried away. And we end up hurting ourselves.
Another problem with hate is that it is transferable and yet doesn’t die. And not just with hate, this is true even for anger. You can hate people, and they will in turn start hating you, thus increasing the amount of negativity in this world. Not just that, hate doesn’t end on its own unless it can be countered by love. Just look at any conflict around the world, most of them are never end, both sides always make a compromise.
I’ll prove this by an example of the Lankan conflict. And I can show this for almost every other conflict too.
Just think about the primary cause of the conflict. It all boils down to some people from one community hating the other community. Which in turn was reciprocated and tensions rode to such a level that violence took over and was soon a full blown civil war. Now think,
What if the solution to Sri Lanka’s civil war was not the annihilation of LTTE and millions of people who died in the name of ‘collateral damage’. What if both the sides woke up one fine day and stopped hating each other?
Okay I agree that it wouldn’t happen in one day but it is definitely possible as this guy proved it. Have a look at the video called “A day of Peace”. And think, if we can do it for a day then why not forever?
How do we solve it?
One way is to look at it from Gandhi’s perspective.
An eye for an eye makes the whole world go blind
I don’t think that’s the best way to look at the solution. coz lets admit it, humans are selfish by nature and don’t care about the world unless it is your own.
So, get rid of hate but not for the world but for your own good. Just try to forgive and let go and you will feel much lighter.
Lets start getting rid of hate and before we know it, the world would be a better place. But do it for yourself and not for the world. Coz Hate is injurious to health.
Pic Credit: Hanns-Jörg Anders, 1969 World Press Winner