Hate is a word bandied about a little too freely by
both sides in any given argument. Many use it to belittle
a view that they can't counter logically, or to express an
arbitrary dislike (ex. "I hate this T.V. show/ice cream
flavor/weather."). Hate is traditionally one of the strongest, most base emotions. It is the nuclear weapon
of the psyche. Continued overuse by radical fringe
groups and those hung up on race and religion takes
the power away from the word. Soon, we fail to notice, or
worse, actively ignore it.
So, here I am, hoping to prevent another hate crime,
or at least, the further decline of western civilization.
(You wouldn't believe the paperwork involved on something like that. Cops despise paperwork above all else.)
Gather 'round the Zen hotdog stand, kiddies, and let me make you one with everything. Let's get started.
There are some truisms to bear here. First, almost
everything you think you hate, you actually only dislike.
this includes persons, places, things, and most ideas.
Second, hate without justification doesn't work. In order to really hate someone/thing/place, you need a reason.
These reasons, generally, have to be pretty good.(see the difference between a reason and an excuse.)
There are, of course, some perfectly good reasons to dislike another person on an individual basis. Some of these include:
Disagreement on one or more of your/their core values.
Examples- politics, sports teams, Windows vs. Linux.
Insult or injury (real). Example- the person in question
assaulted you and/or called your mother/sister/significant other a bad name.
Realizing (through word, deed, or just gut feeling) that
the person in question is just an asshole.
Dislike, although distasteful, is a reality. No matter
how many people like you, there are those who dislike you,
deserving or not. You must deal with this. Not all of them can be brought over to your camp. Gandhi knew this, and while working with his enemies toward peace, was shot by
one of his own.
Hate is not a word that is easily taken back. As with all weapons of mass destruction,you should think hard
before using it.
Dislike, on the other hand, is an opinion, and as such,
is as variable as the weather. Go nuts.
One final truism- the exception makes the rule. YMMV