Hate is a choice - a person chooses to hate
Hate is not a choice - hateful people are unconscious to their own behaviour
Hateful people have a mental illness
Hateful people have given up on themselves and no longer care if they are decent people or not
Hateful people deserve our compassion because they're in such bad shape as human beings
First, It seems that generalized hatred towards a group is always being viewed as a bad thing. I don't think that is the case.
For example, I HATE pedophiles. I despise them. If I could, I would personally beat the crap out of each and every one of them if I could.
I don't think there is anything wrong with my hatred of these people.
I also don't think my hatred is because of an arbitrary distinction.
And that's the issue.
Hating an entire group of people for arbitrary reasons, such as race religion, gender, non-victimizing lifestyle choices, etc. is wrong, IMO.
Hating a group of people for specific reasons, such as for behaviors they engage in that harm others, is not necessarily wrong.
I hate lots of groups of people. I don't hate for arbitrary reasons though.
In fact, I would say that EVERYBODY hates some group of people. I think it's totally natural.
I think that bigotry stems form this natural inclination to hate abhorrent behaviors because bigots ignorantly apply abhorrent behaviors to a group based on arbitrary distinctions. They overgeneralize behaviors present in a subgroup to the main group because of arbitrary similarities between the subgroup and the main group.
Hatred itself is not bad, but bigotry is. Bigotry is a product of a combination of natural emotions and ignorance. It is not necessarily a "choice" because the ignorance is the primary cause. If it is willful ignorance, then it is clearly a choice. If it is ignorance bred from inexperience or teaching, it isn't necessarily a choice.
For most of us hate is a choice.
Now, that said, what about psychopaths who have no conscience and are born not made?
They behave hatefully. Do they really have choice.
Last edited by windovervocalcords; 07-21-09 at 09:48 AM.
When people look inward and all that is staring back at them is a sense of worthlesness, unhapiness, and frustration, one way of dealing with it is through some honest soul searching and positive steps taken to elevate their self esteem. Few people take this route. More commonly, they joust at windmlls rather than turning inward, and their creation of groups to despise is their way of feeling better about themselves. Of course, ths is just an illusion since tearing down others doesn't really satisfy, but it offers the person a less than honest way of elevating themself.
I believe this works on the cultural as well as individual level as well, especially inasmuch as it is such an easy matter to exploit the chips people have on their shoulder as well as the doctrinaire nature of so many forms of hatred. Heck, those who hate Jewish people (and there is one working the forum who denies there is even such thing as Jewish people despite their 3500 year old history) have it down to such a degree they might as well be following a recipe.
"you're better off on Stormfront discussing how evil brown men are taking innocent white flowers." Infinite Chaos