I must confess, I don’t understand hatred.
The examples of hatred that are saturating our society baffle me. Hatred run rampant in our politics, society, and religions. I can’t escape! I see hatred on television shows, movies, computer screens, schools, streets and communities. I see hate’s ignorance and violence is not picky. It affects all. I even see hate’s blindness believing that hate really is love. Hate is being revered, while at the same time, that same hate is challenged. How can this be?
What I see in society today goes beyond “dislike”, beyond intolerance, beyond “hostility.”
What I see at the root is fear.
Ghandi said, “The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but it is fear.”
(I love the resemblance Yoda and Ghandi have to each other. :))
Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Men hate each other because they fear each other, and they fear each other because they don’t know each other, and they don’t know each other because they are often separated from each other.”
“In time we hate that which we often fear.” William Shakespeare
It is time. It is time to cross boundaries. It is time to get to know your neighbors. It is time to get to know people of other religions. It is time to get to know others from different countries, ethnic origins, and neighborhoods. It is time to see others the way God sees them.
The poem by William Blake teaches that we can only find ourselves and our God when we seek and find our fellow men.
“I sought my soul, But my soul I could not see. I sought my God, But my God eluded me. I sought my brother, And I found all three.”
Through loving our fellow man and loving our neighbors, we find our own selves and better understand God in the process. If fear is the root of hatred, and fear is the enemy we face as a society, then our only weapon is love. We need God and we need God’s love to flood our communities, nation and world.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
“… perfect love casteth out fear…” 1 John 4:18
To beat this spirit of hatred and fear that has infected our society, we must begin with ourselves. We must confront our own fears. We must learn to live in harmony with others. We must work to learn about others; to see life from a different perspective; to embrace our differences and celebrate what we have in common. If we do the work, we will be able to beat the hate that has reared its ugly head and threatens the humanity within each of us.
Yoda was smart. Maybe we should listen. “Hate leads to suffering.” It’s logical. End fear=end suffering.
Give love a chance!
I do believe we need more love in the world… the love of God!
Fear is not new to the world. Anger is not new to the world. Hate is not new to the world. And LOVE is not new to the world. And love trumps them all!