A RATIONAL LOOK AT HATE

Hate or hatred has had an extremely bad press. To experience hate is akin to having leprosy or the plague. Hate is deemed to be intrinsically evil and is therefore forbidden.The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has recently aggressively attacked Pegida, the German political movement against the Islamisation of Europe. According to Frau Merkel they are guilty of “prejudice and “hate”.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary “hate” is described as ” An emotion of extreme dislike or aversion; detestation, abhorrence”. So presumably Frau Merkel exhibits one or more of these emotions herself, when she so vehemently attacks Pegida. It reminds me of a post I read on an Internet Forum some time ago. The poster said ” I hate people who hate people”.

Doesn’t Frau Merkel hate, as I do, Nazi’s, Fascists, child molesters, Islamofascists and a whole multitude of other detestable people? Perhaps not! To be fair to little Angela she is only one of millions who “Hate people who hate people”. I don’t know too much about Pegida, but it seems to me that their “hatred” of the Islamisation of Europe is well founded and legitimate.

When you hear what Boko Haram are doing in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon to hundreds of innocent schoolchildren, don’t you feel just a little bit of extreme dislike for Boko Haram? When you see pictures of that disgusting black-masked freak of nature beheading innocent aid workers, don’t you detest him just a little bit? When you hear about a Muslim woman being stoned to death for the unforgivable crime of falling in love with a Christian man, don’t you experience just a little bit of aversion toward the perpetrators? If you don’t, then I suggest you have a very deep psychological problem which needs urgent attention.

So just remember folks, the next time you feel extreme dislike, aversion, detestation or abhorrence for anything or anyone, you mustn’t, because it’s hateful.