Do you like anchovies? How about girdles, tight neckties, a leak in your shoe? Personally, I hate them, and quite a few other things.
Or is “hate” too harsh a word? Maybe so. What does the word “hate” mean to you?
Hate means different things to individuals, but there is a widespread campaign to impose ever changing and increasingly destructive political correctness on everyone, both with and without the force of law.
So, it seems important to start with definitions. Not everyone will agree with these, of course, but it is a place to start. From an online dictionary.
verb (used with object), hated, hating.
1. to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest: to hate the enemy; to hate bigotry.
2. to be unwilling; dislike: I hate to do it.
Hate is an intense emotional response, usually to things people fear. People who hate usually fear they will be harmed or lose control of themselves or others. Hate, and the accompanying anger, even potential for violence, is a normal and necessary human response to threats of harm or loss of control. What has been confused is rational discrimination between the actual threats and a hateful response that is not a genuine threat. And, even further off track, those who demand that nobody should ever be able to hurt their feelings… a subject for another time.
verb (used without object), discriminated, discriminating.
1. to make a distinction in favor of or against a person or thing on the basis of the group, class, or category to which the person or thing belongs rather than according to actual merit; show partiality: The new law discriminates against foreigners. He discriminates in favor of his relatives.
2. to note or observe a difference; distinguish accurately: to discriminate between things.
Discrimination does not automatically involve any kind of “hate.’ There is no solid correlation. And, as we all should know, correlation does not prove causation.
Discrimination is an essential part of our lives, actually necessary to each choice and decision we make. Since the choices are quite often nearly infinite, there has to be a way of judging one from another. Past experience is usually the first consideration, along with what we read, hear and observe regarding the experience and opinions of others.
Do you absolutely and instantly trust each and every person you meet for the first time? Do you automatically trust everything offered as being safe to eat or drink? Do you enter strange places or dark alleys with no thought to whom you might meet there? Why would you think that was wise, if you do?
Discrimination, using past experience and reasonable distrust is a vital survival tactic and always has been. And that includes discrimination and initial distrust of people as well as anything else. Trust, comfortable relationships and tolerance are developed over time, not a given in every situation. A rational fear of the unknown is normal, and a necessary part of staying alive.
It would seem important for every person who seeks individual liberty to examine their definitions of hate and discrimination. It’s hard to have a conversation if terms being used have no mutually understood definitions.