Why Hate?

November 21, 2009 at 7:36 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
“Hate can be sparked by greed, or fear, or a tribe bonding together in opposition to another. People looking to belong will hate others to fit into a group, he said.

With all the political conflict in the United States, it can seem that hate is on the rise. Some people seem to hate President Obama. Some hate Muslims. Some hate homosexuals.”

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Why did the Nazis hate the Jews? Why did the Hutus hate the Tutsis?
Hate is everywhere, but the fundamental question of why one person can hate another has never been adequately studied

“What makes hate tick?” Mohr, director of Gonzaga’s Institute for Action Against Hate, wondered. “How can we stop it?”

There is not even a good definition of hate, Stern contends.

Rene Descartes said hate was the urge to withdraw from something that is thought bad. Aristotle saw hate as the incurable desire to annihilate an object

In psychology, Sigmund Freud defined hate as an ego state that wishes to destroy the source of its unhappiness.

“Hate thrives in areas not illuminated by education,”
But Stern said it is too easy to blame ignorance for hate

“We dehumanize them and justify violence against them,” Stern said.

“We can change,” Mohr said. “There has to be hope.”

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