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Quite the expression to 'hate' Something ...

I'm not sure about you, but I was taught NOT to hate anything or anyone.  I was taught to 'hate' the word 'hate.'  It's such an ugly word.  As a child I was allowed to dislike things and people.  I was allowed to be adverse to them.  I was allowed anything but 'hate' and for that I'm thankful.

I believe there's too much 'hate' in this world.  I believe that in and of itself plays a major role in why the world is in the condition it's in.  And it saddens me.

Personally, I am thankful for the lessons I received as a child.  They formed who I am today and not being allowed to 'hate' has made me more forgiving, less begrudging, more accepting and tolerant.  Shouldn't we all try to be a little less passionate with our dislikes?  Some day you may not dislike it as much and some day it may well be that you don't even dislike whatever it is at all ...

I've joined a number of groups on this site.  Many of them begin with, "I hate..."  At first this really bothered me.  I went as far as to create similar groups worded differently; "I dislike..."  I found this to be redundant.  As I joined more groups I became very reluctant to join groups with 'hate' in the title as it's just NOT who I am.  I refuse to 'hate' ... 'hatred' is a sign of weakness to me and weakness is unacceptable to according to my childhood.

In the end I've given up ... I've joined a multitude of groups with 'hate' in the title simply assigning myself to the theory that most don't realize what an awful word it is.  I move about in these groups substituting dislike for 'hate' and it is only in my writing where you can truly assess whether I hold true 'hate' in my heart or not.  I hope no one is able to say that I do.

Do you hold 'hate' in your heart?  I hope not...

AbbyNormal AbbyNormal 31-35, F 3 Responses Aug 29, 2007

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mm agreed with all of this. people make mistakes, hate is such a dismissive word.

Well said. I cannot disagree with you, wittyone ... I agree wholeheartedly.

The lessons you came away with from your childhood are good ones, but we can't stop people from hating or even using the word. We can teach our children the power of the word hate, what it truly means and how hating something or someone poisons your soul. As your parents probably did, we can teach our children that hate is a word to be used sparingly, if at all.<br />
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Another word that often breeds hate and is currently causing so much suffering in the world, intolerance. If people were tolerant and accepting of others beliefs and ways of being, in this world, it would be a better place.