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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

 

Hate, Love: Four-letter Words

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The Geography of Hate in NY Times is about the corrosive effects of hate. Prejudices exist in our society and they are not about to disappear. Generations of men and women who have grown up in households that encouraged racial slurs are not going to be able to brush off the deep-rooted prejudices by attending classes about diversity.

Immigrants who are making this country their home in large numbers are not blameless either. Some of them readily adopt long-standing fallacies about other communities.

The noose (Image)
  • FROM the 1880s to the 1960s, at least 4,700 men and women were lynched in this country. The noose remains a terrifying symbol, and continues to be used by racists to intimidate African-Americans (who made up more than 70 percent of lynching victims).
Those of us who do not nurse and condone such prejudices are not entirely free from strong sense of antipathy toward people and practices we don't agree with. There are times when such feelings hover close to hate. The fact that they are often directed toward individuals rather than communities does not make them OK.

Hate (n): Intense animosity or dislike; hatred.

The antonym is "Love" but perhaps "tolerance" -- live and let live is a more realistic goal.

Tolerance (n) - a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior

Piet Hein - 1905-1996

Sunny morning. Birds are chirping. Fall bulbs have started sprouting. Bach's Art of the Fugue on the CD player. Not all is right with the world but I'm not going to let news about war, politicians, and preachers affect my mood......not today.
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Johann Sebastian Bach
Die Kunst der Fugue, BWV 1080 (The Art of the Fugue)
Musica Antiqua Kรถln
Reinhard Goebel
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