hate in a museum

"Hate in a Museum" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Hate in a Museum” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

There seems to be a lot of hate going around.

I heard a writer interviewed yesterday who has traveled the world. He said that his observations lead him to conclude that the default of people not ruled by love and justice is brutal violence and chaos.

Looks like this is true.

But I wonder if at the base of a lot of the expressions of hatred we’re witnessing, or even experiencing, is fear. I think it’s fear.

Phobia rules! Unless love does.

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3 Responses

  1. Jordan says:

    Interesting that you posit this for the week where the Torah portions Sh’lach L’cha and Korah are studied (depends on who you ask).

    Unfortunately, a lot of what is at the root of hate is self image and motive. As with Brexit, we have to ask the question of how we view ourselves. Are we like the locusts that the ten scouts see themselves as while checking out Israel? Do we hate ourselves so deeply that we look for blame elsewhere? While the Torah brings up Canaanites that couldn’t possibly have been literal giants, it does so to represent a fear of what’s beyond our ability to control or predict.

    I am in the process of writing my own little “drash” about the Korah portion but I asked this regarding our own anger and uprisings and hate –

    “[W]e have to examine our motives when we phrase a complaint. For example: Is our economy ruined because of immigrants coming to our country, or is it ruined because the companies who are supposed to be boosting our economy with new jobs are instead giving those jobs to cheaper labor that can be exploited for wages far less than minimum? Is it ruined by the older generations, or by those of the older generations and young that exploit and refuse to act justly?”

    What ultimately turns misery to xenophobia and antisemitism and islamophobia and homophobia and transphobia and so on is the twisting of the rhetoric and of perception. Who’s guiding the speech towards hate? What motive does this twist serve?

    If we refuse to ask the questions of why we think and see the way we do, we’re no better than a blind man with numb extremities trying to find their way in the dark.

  2. Brigitte says:

    Jordan, if you keep using Hebrew words, people don’t know what you are saying. And if you refer to Bible stories without giving the reference, many modern people don’t know what you are referring to anymore.

    Hate and love are powerful emotions. Many love their friends and neighbors nearby, but hate the “enemy”. Jesus challenges us to be different and also to love and bless the enemy.

  3. Jordan says:

    Brigitte, that was unnecessary and anyone can google drash.

    Also why hate the “enemy”? How do we define enemy? According to the very law which is placed in Jewish scripture, you’re still supposed to love the “stranger” among you and treat them as if they were also an Israelite. Why is hate necessary?

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