People Who Hate

People who hate can't separate themselves from it. It's an intrinsic part of them, so much so that it defines them. They wouldn't be complete, or who they are, without it. That's why when someone says to them, "I reject hate and you because you do it" they claim you're the one who is intolerant and that you're acting out of your hatred of them. Because they can't see being without it or rejecting it. And hate is cunning. It's just as hard to for us who do not hate to separate the haters from their hatred. Hatred is a belief system to some, it's part of their dogma, their ideology, it's as inseparable and necessary - even involuntary - as any love they're capable of feeling and expressing or breath they're capable of taking. They don't consider it something to be shunned: It's a way of life. Saying "I hate that" person, idea, music, culture, dog, religion, race, belief or whatever is what defines some people in a positive light for themselves and, they believe, for others, too. Their self-esteem rises or lowers based on the things they hate and how much they hate them, they derive a sense power over others, power over their fears. The more they hate, the more power they feel have over those who say they do not hate, and that's most important to them; their superiority and hatred feeds on each other, nourishes each other. As hard as it is to show these haters compassion, they need to be shown it. And not just for them. In fact, not for them at all. But rather so those of us who don't hate won't become those who do. Because we might, if we're not careful. If we forget how to separate ourselves from it.

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