Pondering Hatred

Today I have been thinking about hatred and how it can manifest in our lives. Every way from it being a motivational tool to drive us to be better and the kind of hatred that can completely consume you and break your soul and spirit. It has raised a very important question that gets close to the heart of a person that I don’t know how to truly answer which I find very interesting.

If you had the ability to completely control one persons mental state that you hate. But you could only influence it one time in anyway you choose and the changes would be permanent. What would you do?

I find that this question can provide some deep insights into your heart if you allow it to. Most people’s off-the-cuff response would be that they would take the high road and try to better the person they hate but I wonder how many people when they look deeper into their heart would find that they don’t have that capacity buried inside them as they currently are. Most people pretend to be kind and helpful people but in each persons heart is where their true person lives and only when you start to understand that person can you truly give any form of a real answer to that question. Even with as much as I have learned about myself over the years I don’t have any semblance of an answer to this question.

Having felt true hatred for another in my life on a few occasions can I honestly say that when I hated them that I would have used that power to the betterment of the person I hated? or would I instead have used it to break them to their core? You can wrap your answer to that question in anyway you feel you need to in order to make yourself feel like a good person but I doubt that very many people would truly be able to make the claim that they would without a feeling of real doubt.

To anyone who reads this I ask that you don’t give me your answer, only that you do some serious introspection and look at your heart and try to decide what you would do for yourself.

I fully believe that there is no right or wrong answer to this question. Only that it can instead provide you with a glimpse into your soul and hopefully allow you to understand where you are in your life emotionally. What you do with that knowledge is completely up to you.

There are only three real options when confronted with a question like this:

  1. Do a lot of introspection and try to come to an answer
    1. Then use that answer to try to learn more about yourself and better yourself
    2. Or stop there
  2. Give an off-the-cuff response which holds no real value
  3. Simply refuse to answer

All of these responses are ok. There is nothing wrong with any of them. They are just where you are in your life and what you put value on.

However, if you are willing to ponder the question and truly look at that beautiful, ugly and powerful creature in your heart, I give to you a song that I am listening to as I write this and ponder the question myself. May you find whatever it is that you are looking for and many things that you aren’t in your heart.


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