From my parenting blog… thoughts on love and hate.
Hate is an incredibly powerful word. The feelings encompassed by the word are sharp and full of pain, anger, anguish. It’s oppositional and defiant. And it gets thrown at us parents by our children at times when they resent the parenting we have to do, the discipline and the consequences that we mete out when necessary. It’s a momentary thing, an expression of anger and resentment. But as adults, with a knowledge of history and the wisdom of experience on our sides, the word “hate” can fill us with fear – hate is, after all, what fuels genocides, wars, riots – painful, awful death and destruction.
It clearly isn’t something anyone with a conscience would want to cultivate.
But what about hating the bad stuff, like suffering? What about hating that which causes suffering? Opposing suffering is good, of course it is – who wouldn’t want to end hunger? homelessness?…
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