Hate Talk

“These are the times that try men’s [and women’s] souls”, said Thomas Paine on 23 December 1776. What makes the times today so trying to our souls is, of course, the government that no longer represents the people, but even more disturbing is the way the head of said government is pitting us against each other. Our friend Hugh has written a piece that is well worth reading and thinking about. Are we falling for the rhetoric coming out of Washington to the extent that we are sacrificing our future? Thank you, Hugh, for your thoughtful and thought-provoking post.

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It has always been so: using emotive language to describe those people we detest reduces them to things. Such is the case with people we don’t happen to like — or want to kill in violent confrontations called “war.” Not long ago the Japanese were called “Japs,” and the Germans were called “Krauts.” We devise hateful names to describe those we hate and want to kill in the name of God and all that is good. It seems to work: it reduces human beings, as noted, to things to be dispensed with.

We now find ourselves living in a society in which our feckless leader has labelled his enemies in order to generate hatred of those things or people he has determined are his enemies — and therefore the enemies of us all. Thus are the Democrats now called “the party of crime. . .  too extreme and dangerous to…

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10 thoughts on “Hate Talk

  1. Dear Jill,

    You said it. President Trump is openly spreading hate, derisiveness, fear of anyone who opposes him, while he and his ilk play the victim-hood card. The others are out to get them and to destroy their lives. This is his reality.
    To my mind, this is like yelling fire in a crowded space.

    Hugs, Gronda

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  2. “Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.” – Maya Angelou. Thank-you for re-blogging this interesting and thought provoking post.

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    • Maya Angelou, like Martin Luther King, had many wise words for anyone willing to listen. I adore both of them and wish we still had them, but at least we have their words that are still as relevant today as they were then.

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