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Unformatted text preview: on the activities of hate,--war, feats of arms, individual feuds. Hate,
unlike love, needs no moral code or teaching to bring it into activity; it springs into being and constantly
needs repression. Unlikeness alone often brings it to life; to be too different from others is recognized as a
legitimate reason for hatred. The most important cause is conflict of interest and wounding of self-feeling and
pride. Revengeful feeling, fostered by tradition and "patriotism," caused many wars and in its lesser spheres of
operation is back of murders, assaults, insults and the lesser categories of injuries of all kinds.
The prime emotion of hatred is anger; in its less intense aspect of aversion it is disgust. The aim and end of
anger is destruction of the offending object; the aim and end of aversion is removal, ejection. Hate may be and
often is a noble sentiment, though the trend of modern thought, as it minimizes personal responsibility, is to
eliminate hate against persons and intellectualize hate so that it is reserved for the battle against ideas.
Whether you can really summon all your effort against any one, against his plans, opinions and actions, unless
you have built up the steady sentiment of hatred for him, is a nice psychological question. Hate is most intense
in little people, in persons absolutely convinced that their interests, opinions and plans are sacred, sure of their
superiority and righteousness. Once let insight into yourself, your weakness and your real motives creep into
your mind and your hate against opponents and obstructors must lessen. Those who realize most the fallibility
of men and women, to whom Pilate's question "What is truth?" has added to it a more sceptical question,
"What is right," find it hard to hate. Therefore, such persons, the broad-minded and the most deeply wise, are
not the best fighters for a cause, since their efforts are lessened by sympathy for the opponent. Here is the
marvel of Abraham Lincoln; rich with insight, he could hate slavery and secession and yet not hate the
southern people. In that di...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
- Spring '11