Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Does Hate Attract Hate or Does It Beget It?

Photo taken from The Guardian website

Est-ce que la haine attire la haine, ou, au contraire, elle l'engendre? That's the question I pose in my essay "Hatred does not attract hatred, it begets it". Longlisted for NUHA's Blogging Prizes 2019, my article tries to explain briefly why we live in such a hatred-filled moment and how this period is part of a cycle.

I'd like you my lovely peeps, to take a minute or two (it's not a long write-up) to read my entry (link below) and engage with it. Please, do it on the link provided, as I will be monitoring responses to the post regularly. What do you think? Was Gil Scott-Heron right when he said that the revolution would not be televised? Or have we gone past that stage and the revolution, if it ever comes, will be broadcast live on Facebook?

Please, share. I look forward to your comments on the NUHA website.

13 comments:

  1. I gave it a brief but weak try. A little early in the morning for me to go deep as I am just surfing lightly through that internet stuff. I found it too troublesome to deal with events and people that I am not familiar with. But good for you.

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  2. Like Anvilcloud, I find it "troublesome to deal with events and people that I am not familiar with," but in a more general sense, I will write this.

    When I consider that other than in the sense of technology, including weaponry, human kind has changed little, if at all, since the "iceman," Ötzi, walked the earth and was murdered about 5,300 years ago, I am not surprised by the presence of hatred. When our time and our ancestry are measured in millions of years and our universe in billions of years, my amazement is that human kind continues to exist, much less flourish to the extent that we do.

    I agree with your definition of optimism and pessimism, CiL, and would be curious to know if hatred still exists a few million years from now .... and, for that matter, if human kind still is around. Unfortunately, que sera, sera ....

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  3. I did not use the link you provided. As far as hatred it both attracts and begets hatred. A good example is that I once had a job I loved. Due to changes in management I was made to feel miserable and I allowed it. My stomach would tie itself into knots as I neared the door to enter. Finally I decided to stop it. I would paste a smile on my face as I entered that door. It took a while but eventually the smile became real and I enjoyed my job again. Management did not change. In fact they doubled their efforts to make me miserable. I kept my smile and felt wonderful. I presented happiness and it was returned by others and finally by management. To counteract hatred try spreading love. Hatred squashes easily.

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  4. I, too, love the optimism/pessimism statement you shared. Perhaps it's a cop-out on my part, but I can't think about current events too much these days. The last election cycle in the US nearly did me in and for my own mental health, I've had to step back from drastically from the media (social or otherwise). The vitriol and hate coming from all sides is disgusting.

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  5. I fear my answer on your site provided is a tad too long.
    And I have to add... it´s not hate, it´s rather fear (from a woman´s side at least).

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I know where you're coming from and I respect your opinion. :-)

      Greetings from London.

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  6. Sorry for leaving such a long comment. You wrote a terrific post. Good luck earning a prize... you deserve one!

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    1. Thank you very much for your comment. It was very thoughtful and well-made.

      Greetings from London.

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  7. I like the idea that hatred is part of the progress/process/of us. It's important the we understand it as human being for us to learn and develop ourselves.

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  8. Hate begets hate, spreads like a cancer I would say.

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  9. I agree...hate does indeed beget hate. But that begs the question...of why is there so much hate in the world?
    So many answers are possible, yet none of them seem to satisfy the desire for understanding.
    Personally, I am genuinely fearful of the direction the world appears to be heading. Everywhere you look, there is conflict, violence and upheaval...and all of it hatred driven...and is is gaining momentum on an almost daily basis.
    Yes, I am genuinely afraid for the future...

    This is a much needed post...that we could all benefit from taking extremely seriously...before it is too late...

    Greetings from Hampshire 😊😊

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  10. We lost contact a while back. I would love to follow you again.

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  11. Cuban.Hate attracts hate if your in a bad company.It depends on so much.Age,family ,money, politics-the list is endless.
    The older one becomes..you choose your friends carefully..take care of your family(It all starts there)
    I belive in love and the good and that everyone should be treated with respect.

    Very serious post Cuban!
    I hope all is well with you!Take care and do the best you can in this life
    Greetings Anita

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