Thank you, Quazi!
Hate is like a virus. And Risky makes a very good point about its similarity of action, if opposite of experience, to love.
You are never, ever the same after your first real love. And you are never, ever the same after your first real hate.
If you let that define you, you're never even human again. Just as if you let your first love define you, you never love again.
I could not imagine existing with that for a second longer than it took me to figure out how to destroy it. It was a horrible way to feel.
In the end, I think it becomes pretty impossible to hate anyone when you understand them which is why I think understanding is the most important social tool. I don't even think one can hate a serial killer when you understand the causes of their actions.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
This is the reason hatred is wrong. We are all numerically one, so when you hate or think ill of another you are hating and thinking ill of yourself. Hatred is just like putting your finger on a hot stove. It is good and natural to stop. If you stubbornly persist, you end up hurting yourself.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow