About one week ago, my wife and I and a couple close friends had a very nice dinner together in honor of my brother, Brad, who passed away one year ago. He was young — only 33 — he died of a minute anatomical abnormality in his heart which no one knew about. It’s rare and doctors have told me it’s not genetic, so apparently I need not be concerned about this happening to me. My brother and I were very close. It’s been a big loss.
So, during this dinner, one of our friends asks how I have changed in this past year; what do I see about life now that I didn’t see — or at least, didn’t see as clearly — before?
“I feel more hatred for certain things now. I also think there needs to be much more hate in the world. Hate is an important thing that many people are lacking.”
My friend was visibly surprised at such an answer but also trusted that there must be some kind of meaning to this. And, of course, there is.
I related to her the following story: Two or three years ago, I received a large upright piano — which I did not want. Somebody in the neighborhood was moving out and they asked me, through a third party, whether I wanted their piano. I had never seen it before and was very busy with other things, so I said “Possibly, but I will first need to check it out.” Well, lo and behold, I come home from work the next day to find this thing sitting in my garage, and no, it was decidedly not in good shape. I would have never accepted this thing. Basically these people unloaded a huge piece of garbage on me. Moreover, without getting lost in a bunch of details, suffice it to say that these people could not be counted on in any way to correct their misconduct. Additionally, I was already sacrificing a large portion of my workshop/garage to temporary storage. I was really pissed. I’m a very busy man. I don’t have time for this and I hate clutter.
Every time I had to work around this hunk of junk that original fury would stoke right back up and then some. Finally after a few weeks or a month when I didn’t have better things to do, Brad and I took this thing to the dump. I rented a U-Haul trailer at my own financial cost and at the cost of my time hauled this thing away to the dump (50 minutes one-way) where I would pay (again) to get rid of this thing that I never wanted. The U-Haul trailer was a 5′ x 8′ enclosed. During the trip to the dump, we hear a loud thud behind us. Somehow the piano got loose and fell over inside the trailer. Upon arriving, we open up the trailer door to see the piano, snugged in very tightly between the walls of the trailer, lying at a rather low angle. We tried all kinds of things to dislodge it; using a jack, using boards and bars and other junk as leverage. Nothing was working. At first I thought we would figure something out. But as out attempts kept resulting only in failure, I started to feel furious, I felt hatred. There was this intoxicating, somewhat dizzying feeling filling my whole body. I was in a mental state quite out of the ordinary. I slid on my back, under the piano, and pushed this thing back upright! Then I shoved it clean out of the trailer. Problem solved. The scale at the pay station informed us that the piano weighed 670-odd pounds.
That’s just a tiny example of the power of hate. Conventional wisdom teaches society to jettison all “negative” emotions, as if the worst possible vice that could afflict a person is the possession these horrible “negative” emotions! And most people just gobble it up! Who even decided which emotions are negative and which are positive? You can’t go one day without hearing in the news something about HATE-groups and HATE-speech. “Good” people are not supposed to hate. Kids are told to not use the dreaded word “hate”. It is commonly assumed that a world without hatred is an ideal world, even a godly world.
It is worthwhile to consider what the dictionary says about hate. Here’s Webster’s:
Well, I’m looking, but I just can’t find anything bad about hate per se. It is important to add that this even holds true with last definition. For, if there is something which elicits in people a general feeling of intense hostility and aversion or extreme disgust, apathy, and loathing, then it only makes sense that people ought to make a systematic response to it or that thing had best get far away — whichever comes first.
A spiritually intact being is one capable of experiencing hatred when brought face to face with things which are intensely disgusting, frightening, or harmful. It is entirely reasonable to see hatred as playing a societal and spiritual role very similar to that of the body’s immune system whose job it is to enlist the body’s defenses against pathogens before the pathogens are able to gain mastery over the body.
Consistent with this analogy, it is true that some people have the misfortune of having an over-active immune system, but I am taking here about the normal, healthy function of the hate/immune system. Hate is a gift from God. It’s a built-in-by-our-Maker finger tap on the shoulder that says, “Listen bud, you know this situation here is really disgusting/shameful/outrageous and it will fester into bigger and worse things if you let it. Act really soon and decisively, or suffer horribly.” The emotional component of hate is still not well understood even by science — as is true with all matters of human consciousness — but we do observe that vast stores of raw physical power and mental fortitude are intimately bound up with passions that supersede the strictly rational. Whether it is removing a stuck piano or people removing a heinous personal or societal affliction, hate is very often a necessary component.
But they don’t want us to hate.
“No hate! Anything but hate! Anything worth doing, deserves to be done in love and only love! Tolerance and compassion!”
Any sound mind should be able to see that there is clearly a desire to mentally and spiritually disarm people with all of this hate-is-bad propaganda. Clear as day. No different from getting everybody to eat tofu and turn into metrosexuals and fags.
Well, we looked at Webster’s to get a clearer idea of hate and we could do the same for love, but I believe another description of love would be more illustrative. I have in mind St Paul’s famous paragraph on love in 1 Corinthians 13 — popularly considered to be one of the all-time great passages on love.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Love may be the greatest virtue, but it is not the only virtue. This may come as a shock to some, but a healthy, mature Christian (or any person of goodwill and a spiritual inclination) must possess a well rounded complement of virtues. It’s like water: Water may be the most immediately critical nutrient — since going without it for more than 3 or 4 days is enough to kill most people, but anybody who insisted that water was all he needed would be a madman and would die after a month. Hate is one of those virtues that helps make the full complement, and it’s actually one of the most important ones. Think of it as a macro-nutrient. Being “patient and kind” and “Bearing all things” and “enduring all things” and “believing all things” are horrible ways of accomplishing certain righteous goals. Often times, what is needed is the hate that refuses to tolerate certain things or the hate that refuses to be patient toward evil. Hate is what draws the lines which none might cross but at their own peril. Hate is what insists on a given standard. Hate is what says, “Enough is enough”. Hate has stopped a thousand schoolyard bullies and political tyrannies when love is still hoping to change a single evil person through enduring kindness.
The Gospels show Jesus Christ himself expressing plenty of hatred. He overturned tables, he ripped corrupt people to shreds with withering condemnations.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens . . . a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3)
Furthermore, Jesus taught us to be as our Father in Heaven. The same God who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (John 3) is also the same God who destroyed an utterly corrupted world in the days of Noah and turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes (2 Peter 2). Some people are confused by this. Their confusion comes not from God and His just and consistent ways, but from the perverse spirit of the times, which tells people that “love” is nothing other than unlimited NICENESS and TOLERANCE. Indeed, not a few people today — not a few churches, even — are unable to believe that God could ever permit Himself to breach their ideas of “love” and “tolerance”! Additionally, many sensible non-Christians are reluctant to take Christianity seriously because of the recently distorted image it has as an institution which seeks so-called “love” above all other values.
The truth of the matter is that what people erroneously imagine to be two irreconcilable qualities in God’s love and God’s hate are in fact the same action. By one single and simple action God turns Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes and redeems a fallen human being. Here is the key to understanding the matter:
LIFE VERSUS ENTROPY
Generally, everything in the scientifically observable universe is slowly but surely disintegrating. This is what some people call entropy. Complex systems break down, order gradually gives way to chaos — and — in keeping with the nature of this law, the disintegration is actually accelerating. So relentless and ubiquitous is this phenomenon of entropy that scientists often refer to it as the supreme law of nature.
There is one exception to this, though. The exception is neither complete nor permanent, but it is nonetheless very striking. The exception is living matter. Living matter fights entropy. No one organism can do it very long, but that it can fight it at all is remarkable. (At the core, this is what is so compelling about the hope of finding life outside of Earth — that we might someday find some other beings holding off the relentless pull into non-being.) And then to ponder what living matter can accomplish in a lifetime before it must pass the torch to its successors! It’s amazing! Everything from the lowliest moss to the most intelligent animals, living matter engages the entropic, disintegrating world and arranges it into something magnificent and complex. This is a filial imitation of the Heavenly Father who formed a very good world out of an Earth formless and void (Genesis 1:31; 1:2).
When human beings appreciate their position in the universe, they create successful relationships with one another, they create families, they create clans and tribes and nations, they create customs and traditions, cultures and civilizations. They create genuine art which elevates the mind and character. They strive for the eternal Father who gave them a taste of life. True greatness and beauty is generated when this happens. Even the matter of biological reproduction becomes exalted. As though it were a small thing to fight entropy as other animals do, civilized man elevates his reproduction to the aesthetic and religious realm where it is sanctified. The resulting offspring are then trained in the way of LIFE (i.e., entropy-fighting) and bear the responsibilities and rewards given to their predecessors by those who came before them. Thus is kept alight the only known life in an otherwise dark and ever darkening universe.
Obviously, not everybody appreciates these things. The universe is, after all, a place characterized by entropy. Many people have scoffed at the opportunity given to them by the Almighty to create. In sharp opposition to God and to the great innumerable host of plants and animals that fight entropy by instinct, they have given themselves over to the perverse “pleasure” of reveling in the deconstruction of the world. I believe technology and the comfortable modern life play a HUGE role in the recent proliferation of these sick people, but that is a discussion whose details will have to wait.
Suffice it to say, going with the entropic flow of the material universe is technically easier than fighting it. But the vast majority of living beings finds the effort required to swim upstream to be well worth it. There’s just this wretched mob of degenerates that would rather float downstream and throw feces at the living (figuratively and literally). They generally don’t have socially beneficial occupations, they often don’t have children (thank God), they do nothing at all to cultivate and improve the human condition. In short, they are not simply non-stake-holders in the world, they are a noxious disease. Hating them is completely justifiable, normal, and necessary.
The more powerful the immune/hate response to these freaks becomes in the next few years, the better humanity’s chances are for physical and spiritual health.