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When parents talk bitterness and hate, children learn bitterness and hate. Young children in particular sponge up every emotion in their environment and copy the most prevalent to gain acceptance. As a result hate can be passed on for generations.
On the other hand, people who suffer true evil seldom hate. Hate is draining. It uses up scarce resources, both emotional and physical, and people who are being badly abused don’t have an abundance of either.
Hate is an emotion of the entitled. It is mostly found in people who enjoy freedoms. They can speak publicly of their hatred, communicate it with the rest of the world, and search out like-minded individuals capable of reinforcing and supporting their feelings. These people have assets, reserves, a pool of strength to expend on their emotions.
Hate requires constant attention. It’s a consuming emotion. It’s powerful and driven, resting just under the surface, ready to show it’s ugly face whenever the circumstances allow. Hate is the product of a secure environment, working in concert with a surplus of time to nurture and build a foundation supporting your beliefs. It’s an enterprise that feeds on the energy of others who hear and relate. Hate is a way of looking at the world through a filtered lens that denies your weaknesses and magnifies your confidence. In spite of its intensity it’s a shallow emotion, one that grows in people who refuse to look below the surface, an indulgence only those with a philosophy of personal specialness can achieve. Haters believe they deserve better. They live a life of enough but want more, and scream their deprivations because they see others with more. Others who they believe deserve less, and are less, than them.
To those living in abject poverty, fighting every day for their existence, hatred is an obstacle, a burden you can’t afford to carry. Anger, disappointment, fear, and vulnerability, may be their constant companions but focusing on individuals or groups and feeling true hatred is beyond their means. Those with the resources to speak hatred may assume the mantle of the disenfranchised but they are, instead, the super-enfranchised, and in a world where more and more people are reaching a state of entitlement, hatred is becoming more and more evident, and destructive.
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