Like it or not we’re all born with the capacity to love and the capacity to hate. While one seems innate however the other seems to be taught, if we listen to conventional wisdom. Hatred is a something that must be taught it would seem, yet it seems to manifest naturally in some people just as much as empathy does in others. Wouldn’t it make sense to claim that the capacity for both is present when we’re born?
Empathy, sympathy, and compassion are wonderful traits to carry on as they insure that humanity is in fact caring and nurturing enough to usher in one generation after another. These qualities make it possible for human beings to stand with one another and recognize the pain and hardships that affect others and to grant aid to others when they’re in need. The ability to feel what another is feeling or at least come to them in their time of need is in fact important to the mindset of a healthy and functioning human being.
Why then would anyone need hatred, or any of the negative traits that are associated with such a powerful emotion? The quick and easy answer is that we don’t, that such a powerful feeling/force is something that humanity would love to obliterate. But if that were possible, which sad to say it’s not, then it’s likely that life would become very boring.
Why is that you say?
Humans live their lives in a day to day blur that encompasses a great deal of emotion, some positive, some negative, but almost always in an ordered sense of chaos that somehow squares itself away now and again so that we don’t end up going insane over every little moral or ethical conundrum we come across. If all we had was an overwhelming sense of positive vibes to combat it with then it’s very possible that we’d run out of gas eventually.
No one wants to think of negativity as being useful, no one wants to think of hatred as being a tool, because quite honestly many think that this is a trap that people fall into by believing that they can utilize it to their own ends. Some think by using it we tend to deaden our other senses to the positive moments in life. They might even go so far as to say that taking a negative or realistic outlook on anything without being constantly positive is a negation of the hope that we need in order to see the next day.
The world isn’t an inherently positive or negative place. It’s a hodgepodge of hope and beauty and of despair and suffering. It’s up to us to choose which we pull from and which we choose to acknowledge.