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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Seven Shades Of Hate

Most of us have watched movies depicting a bigot. We have heard their arguments that attempt to rationalize twisted view-points, ignorant rants of propaganda and malicious violence. As spectators, we tend to cast these idiots off as bad-apples and think little of them or the rhetoric they spew. We forget that theses individuals are not alone in their mindsets and their negativity actively seeks to draw large followings. Haters need support and they prey on those who are hurting and looking for someone to blame. Their Modus-Operandi is simple – point their hateful fingers at someone or some group of people and blame them for all the ills in the world.   Persecution, Genocide, List of Genocides by Death Toll

This tactic has been successful from the beginning of time – just read your Bible.
For instance: One group of Herdsman look upon a lush-green landscape and decide they want it. First, they must roust an army with hate propaganda…

Why should those terrible, less-than-humans, enjoy that land – they don’t deserve – we do!”

Are we less than men? Are we going to just sit back and watch our children starve while those good-for-nothings have all that good land and we have nothing?”

They don’t need all that good land – they don’t appreciate it. They don’t even know what to do with it. Think of all the good we could do if we had it?”

If we ask them to share the land, they may conspire to kick us out later – so we should be on the safe side and wipe them out so that we don't have to worry about them later on.”

We are doing them a favor, that can’t be happy living the way they are – they don’t have our God, Technology, Blood-Line...Whatever.”

I’m sure you see the pattern by now. The process of hate is as simple as 1-2-3. First there is the covetous nature of the hater to want something that the “OTHERS” have. Next they must dehumanize the “OTHERS” to justify the evil they are plotting. Lastly, there is the rallying cry that gets members on board with the plan of destruction of “The OTHERS.”


The process of convincing followers to join in the eradication of a group of people is not a difficult undertaking when tapping into the hurts and pains of “Lazy People,” who are looking for a way out of their own situation with a quick-fix, rather than attacking the heart of their plight. Perhaps they are not using their own resources ineffectively? It may be that they need to seek new modes and technologies? In truth – blaming “OTHERS,” is the easiest and most cowardly way to address the ills they are facing. It is challenging to think of new ways to operate, implement untried and untested methods and engage new ideas. Slaughtering one’s neighbor in a jealous rage and taking their good is the way Cane did it with his brother, Able and people are still using that method today. Throughout history, entire tribes and whole culture have been decimated from the face of the earth by neighboring peoples who wanted their land, women (Violence Against Women) and resources. That said, here are the seven shades of hate.

1. SELF HATRED
As the most pervasive and insidious form of hatred; Self-Hate spreads exponentially from the afflicted person to all their contacts and interactions. They are perpetually discontent and seek to ensure that no one else enjoys peace. They find fault in all things and all peoples. They live as a blight upon the earth and prayer and therapy is needed to restore a sense humanity into their hearts.

2. COVETOUS / ENVY /WANT
Want is said to be the mother of invention, but it is also one of the founding-fathers of hate, as want tends to beget envy. In the example above, we see a tribe who has not considered exploring new ways to cultivate their own land, so that it might become more fruitful and productive – instead they have said in their heart, “Let us take the good land from those people who posses it.” Want is not to be confused with need. Most people will find a way to obtain the things that they genuinely “NEED,” to survive – while want is often the lack of satisfaction with what one already possesses. Want a bigger home, a nicer car, the latest fashion, to keep up with the Jones. Want begets a covetous spirit. We covet, first with our eyes (seeing something that someone else has), then in our hearts (devising a plot to take it from them).



3. BITTERNESS
Unresolved issues, especially those derived in childhood, can lead to a lifetime of hostile emotions associated with the issue – in particular. An abusive parent may raise a child, who, in-turn, abuses others. Bullying has a particularly cruel side-effect, as many adults are still living with the pain of being bullied during childhood. The feeling of helplessness suffered during childhood abuses can often resurface in the face of adult situations of stress, causing the victim to re-live those childhood experiences in full detail. The ability to forgive and move-on is sometimes lost when the victim has learned to use that bitterness as a crutch or a weapon. The very bitter memories that cause great pain are the same ones that drive the need for approval in some individuals and fuel success in others.

4. PROJECTIONS
Like Self-Hate, Projecting stems from ones’ own dysfunction: A thief may feel that everyone steals. A Liar may doubt the honesty of everyone. An unfaithful spouse may project suspicion on their mate. We have all heard the term, “It’s OK, everyone is doing it.” This is another form of projection – as one must convince themselves that their behavior is socially acceptable by projecting their own standards upon others in order to justify and continue the negative behavior.

5. ISM
Separatism, Fascism, Racism, Sexism – The list is endless as the “Us-Vs-Them,” mindset keeps people from investigating unity and engaging peace. Our differences are a part of our beauty. But Isms set us apart from one-anther and creates untold strife.

6. GOD COMPLEX
History has provided countless Tyrants who’s God-complexes have driven them to act-out mad fantasies, blood-lusts, mass murders and the like. The serial killer who derives sexual excitement from the torture of innocence is in league with the dictator who’s desire for total control and unquestioned obedience leads to human slaughter in mass numbers. The same lack of humanity and regard for life drives a hunter to kill an endangered animal for sport. Control-Freaks are found in Abusive Homes, Cults, Government Offices, Sweat-Shops, Prostitution Stables, Correctional Facilities, Squad-Cars and every other walk of life where one has been entrusted with power over others. As power often breads corruption, we needn’t look far to witness the God-complex in action as the entrusted power is abused.



7. DEMONIC SPIRITS
Surely, all the aforementioned aspects are the result of evil spirits inhabiting the minds of those who perpetrate evil deeds. There are those who struggle with the very ideas they expound, while there are those who are steadfast in destructive pursuits. Demons assist weak-minded persons by providing example and reasons to continue on their wayward paths, while others may seek to correct themselves; cease and desist their actions and get help to live a better quality of life as they realize the pain they are causing others and themselves.


The neglected and abused child and the spoiled brat may internalize the world around them differently, but it is how they process the growing pangs of life that will determine the level of compassion they possess for their fellow-man. A spirit of peace-loving, brotherhood is not inherently given to the poor or the victimized, but it is the product of meekness and empathy. It is the duty of each of us to focus on the positive aspects of our existence upon the face of the earth, strive towards goodness, spread good-cheer and be prepared to fight tyranny and hate with love and compassion as our weapons of choice. This is how we, each of us share love and banish evil in our own corner of the world.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

STANDING CORRECTED

A few people, who love and know me well, have heard me make such broad statements as…

“I can’t stand doctors.”

“Doctors get on my nerves.”

“Doctors make me sick.”

“I stay away from doctors; they’ll kill you.”

Mind you, I have my reasons for my opinion and we all know that there some quacks out there who accomplish more harm than good in their practices, but I’m here today to make a public apology, because what I said was not what I truly feel. First; please allow me to THANK ALL MEDICAL PERSONAL who have made the sacrifices required to join the elite group of humans who diligently strive to alleviate the suffering of their fellow human-beings.



The true intentions of my statements is that:

I hate it when doctors act as though I flunked kindergarten; like I have no right to inquire as to their findings and recommendations. I despise any professional who maximizes their title while belittling those outside of their circle of influence.

Take for instance a builder who believes that only builders can read blueprints, therefore, they refuse to discuss plans and schematics with the lowly janitor. That seems to be the way that some physicians address the queries of patients, just because those patients don’t have a medical degree. I have asked doctors questions only to be met with sneers of arrogance and half-assed explanations for the prescribed treatments. There have even been instances of out-right hostility, as though my daring to question the care-giver was an open show of refusal or distrust. That was not the case at all. It never has been. But I have an innate need to know the “Whys and particulars” my own situation. After all, this is My Health & My Body in question. Even if it is a friend or loved one; the fact that they have trusted and invited me to join them in the examining room, gives me permission to make queries and seek answers on their behalf.

So, why behave as though I have requested sacred knowledge, just because I’d like to know more about this pill, treatment, surgery or procedure? Why the crappy attitude when I voice a concern? Why the hostility when I explain my disagreement? I understand that you are well versed in your craft. But I am very familiar with my body and my situation.  

For instance: I had just completed six months of physical therapy on my foot that had been broken in a fall. I was no longer limping, could wear regular shoes and I was feeling pretty-good about my over-all progress and despite having enjoyed my friendly specialist and her comical anecdotes, I was looking forward to being released and the end of the ninety-mile-each-way trips. My last visit was met with a new therapist, as my regular “Lady Doctor” had an emergency and was out that day. This new guy, who’d never seen me before seemed intelligent. He examined my foot and commented that I’d taken ballet. To that, I replied with an astonished, “How’d you know?” He explained that he’d seen many deformities of the feet; a result of toe dancing and the over-all punishment that dancers subject their feet to.

Then he suggested a corrective surgery that would provide great comfort. But he wanted to correct BOTH FEET AT THE SAME TIME! This would mean six weeks without the use of my feet! I thought “Has this guy been smoking CRACK!” So, I asked him did he realize what he’d just proposed?

·         Six weeks without walking would cause major cramps.

·         I’d develop digestive problems.

·         I couldn’t bath, clean my house, care for my animals or go to the toilet.

·         I’d soon be fighting depression from my inability to move.

·         I have just dealt with months of discomfort and inconvenience due to ONE broken foot and now he was proposing that I subject myself to more of the same – only, multiplied infinitely.

·         Not to mention that I would have to endure further rounds of physical therapy.

After breaking this down to this clown, I had to ask him if anyone had agreed to such nonsense. When he said yes, I could only shake my head. . . “Those trusting fools,” I thought to myself as I kindly declined his persistent offer to make my life miserable. Even after a series of firm “No’s” he kept insisting. I finally shut him up by asking him if he was late on his boat payment because he was acting desperate for money. Needless to say, that doctors visit did not end with hugs and smiles.

I still haven’t been able to figure out what would make a person think that I could afford to sit on my ass for six weeks for anything less than a life-threatening emergency. I’m a busy person with an abundance of responsibilities. The only thing he seemed to see in me was an insurance payment. And those kinds of physicians tarnish the efforts of the real Good-Guys & Gals.