There is a dark evil lurking around. A monster called HATE. And it is running all over the world corroding the minds of people.
Watching the news, you hear cases of mass executions, rape, burning of homes, villages and the destruction of legacies that has taken years to build. Families, nations and communities are torn apart and all these stem from an intense hatred for our fellow human-beings.
On January 2nd 2018, Gunmen stormed a church in southern Nigeria, killing at least 17
On the 22nd of January 2018, a bomb on a motorcycle killed three people and injured 18 others at the pimochia market, at an unspecified location in Yala, Thailand.
Media sources on January 23, 2018 reports that two car bombs exploded in the Al Sleimani district of Banghazi. At least 33 people were killed in the explosion and around 30 others were injured. The spokesman of central security confirms that the bombings were targeting the densely populated Sleimani area.
These are but a few cases of the several millions reported by the media. Hatred has become a norm in our society. Almost every day, news reports reveal what happens when racial, cultural, ethnic, or religious groups come together to participate in one evil or another. There are heartless and inhumane acts being practiced simply because some people have so much hatred in their hearts. Why do we hate I wonder.
What causes Hate?
Hatred has been around for a while. Dating back to ancient history where Cain killed his brother Abel due to jealousy. Genesis 4:8
Jealousy is the major cause of hatred and alongside it ‘ignorance’. Ignorance contributes greatly to hate because it makes us assume a particular idea which we often misinterpret and distort over time. This changes the true ideology which oftentimes deviates so much from the norm and leads to hate.
As stated in my previous post “we’re different colors one people” some people believe that those who are different from them are no good and therefore they have these fixed ideas which often leads to hate.
The belief that one’s nationality, skin color, culture, or language makes one superior to others can breed an intense hate for other human beings. It’s a fact that hatred is not just about skin colors nowadays because even similar cultures fight each other over little differences. Friends engage in hateful battles over little misunderstandings.
Some school of thought suggest that hatred and violence is due to low levels of serotonin in our brains, some say it’s in our gene. Other theories suggest that hate are primarily learned behaviors.
There are hate groups all over the world such as the Boko Haram sect in Nigeria. These groups often target youths from vulnerable families for recruitment and infuse them with the wrong ideologies. The uniformed youths believe these ideas and accepts them as the new way of life.
The internet offers several hate forums, singers promoting hate and violence in their songs and all these have a direct impact on the society at large. Religion also has a contributive role to play when it comes to hate, war, and terrorism. The causes of hate are too many and complex. But all in all, we have to come together individually and globally to stop the hate and ignorance.
Solution to hate
Throughout the world, hatred have refused to die down. It’s time for a change. People need to re-access themselves, nations need to rethink their strategies, races and cultures need to come together as one and stop the hate.
How can we stop hate? I’m a Christian and the core principle of my bible teaching is LOVE. Love your enemies. Here lies the most feasible solution that can be adopted as individuals, as nations and cultures.
Some might say the idea of loving one’s enemies is impractical. However, if hatred is learned behavior, loving one’s enemies can also be learnt. And where there’s love, anger or hate does not exist.
Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amos 3:3. There has to be an agreement between people, nations, and cultures. Learning to love your enemies is not going to be easy but it’s possible.
With love in our hearts, everything is possible. Individuals can break the cycle of hate by becoming thoroughly immersed in Love. It is always better to love than to hate
A classic explanation to what love entails is;
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.
Love never fail. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
We can live in a world without hatred if only we can make our hearts available to change and fill it with love for our fellow Men.
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