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The disappearance of personal hate from the world can only come when men realize the essential unity of
mankind. For part of the psychological origin of hate lies in unlikeness. Great unlikeness in color and facial
line seems to act as a challenge to the feeling of superiority. Wherever a "different" group challenges another's
superiority, or enters into active competition for the goods of life, there hate enters in its most virulent form. CHAPTER VIII. 64 The disappearance of the "unlike" feeling is very slow and is hindered by the existence of small "particular"
groups. Little nationalities, small sects, even exclusive clubs and circles are means of generating difference
and thus hate.
 The more nationalities, each with its claim to a great destiny, the more wars! There is the essential danger
and folly of tribal patriotism.
We shall not enter into the origin of hate through the danger to purpose, through rivalry among those not
separated by unlikeness. Hate seems to be a chronic anger, or at least that emotion kept at a more or less
constant level by perception of danger and the threat at personal dignity and worth. Obstructed love or passion
and the feeling of "wrong," i. e., injury done that was not merited, that the personal conscience does not
justify, furnish the most virulent types of hatred. "Love thine enemies" is still an impossible injunction for
We cannot hope to trace the feeling of revenge in its effects on human conduct. Though at present religion and
law both prohibit revengeful acts, the desire "to get even" flames high in almost every human breast under all
kinds of injury or insult. This form of hate may express itself crudely in the vendetta of the Sicilian, the feud
of the Tennessee mountaineer, or the assault and battery of an aggrieved husband; it is behind the present-day
conflict in Ireland, and it threatened Europe for forty years after the Franco-Prussian War, --and no man
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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