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).
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.
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.
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.