Aristotle, viewed hate as distinct from anger and rage, describing hate as a desire to annihilate an object and is incurable by time.
You get angry for a reason, but hate could be for no apparent reason. It can descend upon an individual in a relationship or a family, or it can even descend on whole nations, like in the case of the unending forms of Anti-Semitism.
Hatred doesn’t stop until it reaches one of two stats; either disconnection from the object of the hate, or a wish to destroy this object.
In that we can see that hatred, not like other negative emotions – is total, and will not decrease until it reaches one of these two states.
If we compare them to weapons, then negative emotions are like bow and arrow, while hate is more like a hydrogen bomb.
If we go back to Anti-Semitism, we can observe that the massive hatred of few peaceful communities of scatters Jews on exile– boiled and increased during time, until it reached its final goal, the total distraction of all Jews, in all places, one by one, this execution was done by several nations in world war two, headed by the Germans, who were the executing ‘hand’ that actualized the hatred (anti-Semitism) into mass killings (6,000 000) of Jews. (And it happened only 80 years ago, some survivors are still alive).
(My mother, Rozi, was 17 when arriving at Auschwitz, seeing both her parents sent to the gas chambers).
The Jews needed close to 2000 years to wake up to this massive hatred. Zionism erupted before the holocaust, it emerged in the late 19th century in Central and Eastern Europe as a national revival movement, (returning to the state of Israel). In reaction to newer waves of anti-Semitism.
But nowadays anti-Semitism is on the rise again:
People talk about anti-Semitism, but anti-Semitism is only a symptom and expression of the living force behind it: hatred.
Hatred is not a normal emotion. It is not an integral part of the natural emotional system. It is more a poisonous influence, or an illness that infects the hater. It happens upon him, while he is passive.
And if there is no disconnection (from the object of the hater) or a destruction of him, in one form or another – the hatred could become uncontrolled.
One of the main factors in any hatred is the dehumanization of the object of the hate (or treating him as an enemy).
When in a dynamic of hatred it is impossible to feel compassion or empathy towards him.
Hate does not emerge or bursts from us, we are ‘invaded’ by it. It is an influence looking for a person or a nation to nest upon.
It could be said that a hating person, or a nation, are possessed by it.
The hate being written about here is not just being against someone, not unforgiving, not antagonistic, and not discriminating and so on. Hate is on another level altogether.
My essay was also triggered by a book of the daughter of the famous athour: Amos Oz – Galia Oz, in which she gave full expression of her hate towards her father: An example in the family
And lastly: In a couple relationship or in a family, if the atmosphere is of unconditional love – no hatred can enter.
“Stronger than lover’s love is lover’s hate. Incurable, in each, the wounds they make.”
― Euripides, Medea