bobbyverse asked: What's your take on the amount of hate people throw around? It seems like everyone needs to be a (jaded, condescending) critic. Things like: this band sucks, you use X products so you don't "get it", you do/don't eat that food so you're weird, you sleep later than I do so you must be lazy and useless... There's enough to fight about on big issues, I don't understand why so many people hate over petty differences. Where does it come from, and what's to be done in the face of it so often?
These people aren’t throwing hate around. They are trying to give away their own pain.
If you get mad at them, then you are receiving their pain. If you engage their anger and try to wrestle with it, then you are receiving their pain.
Hate comes from confusion and ignorance. There is, let me repeat this, there is NO way to hate and still be grounded in truth.
This doesn’t mean that people who are devoid of hate are therefore grounded in truth. But it means that if someone is grounded in truth, there is no hate.
There’s nothing you can do about someone else’s feelings. We are all responsible for our own feelings and that is all.
People judge and they are insecure. They want to validate their lifestyles and the easiest way to do that is by putting down someone else’s lifestyle.
It’s a joke, really.
Tibetan buddhists may breathe in another person’s hate and exhale compassion unto that person. Remember the fact that the most hateful people are the most tortured, for they are the ones living closest to hate.
A tantric yogi may just smile and politely give the hater the middle finger and keep on walking.
What is important is not addressing and changing someone else’s hate. The important thing is observing the hate in such a manner that it does not create a confused and hateful reaction within yourself.
In my opinion, no one should address anyone who says or does anything hateful until you can witness hate while remaining at peace. Only with peace can hate be nurtured into love. Otherwise hate will just breed hate.
These are just my opinions, though. Haters gonna hate! :P
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