“I only know that peace will come when all hate is gone” Fred Neil
Hate in America takes on many forms but has one purpose. To destroy America. Most, but not all, are based on white supremacy. There is also the fear of government. What is hate on a personal level? It is fear. The source of that fear can come from many sources, such as child abuse, bullying at school as a child, it is exposure at a young age to violence, whether it be physical or emotional or both. But in the end hate is fear. In 2018 we see the face of fear all over the t.v., the internet and the people we communicate with. The acting out on this fear is rapidly becoming the norm. It has to stop. It is tearing our country apart at the seams. The ultimate way to stop this is by inclusion. Everyone must feel included in all things. It is well documented that inequality breeds violence. This is the start of a page I will devote to examining Hate and ways in which we can slow down and hopefully stop the growth of hate in our country. It is our country, we all have a stake in it. Do you really want to tear it apart?
When did this hate begin in America? When the first immigrants from Europe landed on the shores of Turtle Island. White supremacy was born out of fear of people they did not, could not and refused to understand. We committed mass genocide out of fear. We almost made the native population extinct but not quite. Then there was the slave trade, indentured servants and immigrants from other foreign lands of different, languages and colors to suppress as well. White supremacy, the white race to rein supreme. In order to begin tearing down this false structure within our society we must first over-turn Lone Wolf vs Hitchcock and get the Native Americans out from under the control of Congress. This discrimination must end, it is by far the most damaging to our Nation. We, the United States, are a melting pot of everything from all over the globe. Everyone is include but not Native Americans. Once this is done we, as a Nation, can start to heal from 100’s of years of exclusionary hateful biases against the “other”. We have to come to the place where we realize and rejoice in the fact that we are all humans. We all need the same things and we all need and want to be included. Please read the page “Native Americans” for further examination of their plight.
“With eyes of fire, no one can see” Robbie Robertson
Inequality breeds fear and hate. The current political climate in America screams hate. This hate has led us to suppressing whole groups of people. They are denied the very things needed to sustain life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Women are not allowed to have control of their own bodies is an example. The poor, disabled, people of color and elderly are other groups that have to deal with this issue, of being excluded. Income inequality has reached epic proportions in America. One political side of our government, the GOP, can be classified as a hate group using the Southern Poverty Law Centers definition of a hate group and well as the one used by the FBI. It is in just a few short years exploded into a disaster waiting to happen. What is top-heavy falls over. Simple science. The Second Bill of Rights proposed by FDR in 1944 is an answer to this extremism of wealth imbalance. There is a direct correlation of income inequality and the increase in hate groups and hate crimes. For further examination of the Second Bill of Rights please visit the page with that title.
…A few PDF files of reports of interest…
The 2017 Happiness report…
The executive summary…
Restoring American happiness…
The Nordic model…
2017 a year in hate…
The Happiness Report is part of the U.N. reporting program. The Nordic Model is how other countries deal with inequality and thus hate. The year in hate report is from the Southern Poverty Law Center. FDR’s Second Bill of Rights was the beginning of the Nordic Model but it was never tried or implemented. He died before he could push for these reforms. There are answers to our problems, there are programs and systems that are proven to work. There is also a very effective right-wing anti-secure economic system within the country. It has been here since FDR, the gilded age lovers of exploitation. Today there is very little desire to spend the political will to do what is right. The corruption within our system is well documented in these reports. Hate is woven into the very fabric of our society, government and economic system that the sea change to even start to dismantle it will be extreme and take generations to accomplish. If we don’t start soon though I fear we will loose the battle before it begins. Since the death of FDR the model for equality has been shoved aside. There has been no real push for these reforms. As noted in the year of hate report, hate groups are growing in number, seemingly over night. It is well funded with many diverse sources. How to shift towards sanity starts with being mindful of what is happening, being educated in hate allows discernment of current events. Then acceptance that it starts with you to change things brings compassion into play. The result is inclusion. We all are, after all, human. It is up to us as individuals to be humane. To set the example for others so that our governmental institutions can be changed. All of our shadows are the same color, that is the way I see the sea of humanity. Will you give that a try? Over the last year I have been contacting politicians and groups that lean towards the left to push for the Second Bill of Rights. Will you help me please? We must start the discussion of hate in a meaningful manner, one on one or small groups, so that others can spread the information and discussions. Will you start these discussions? Will you include yourself in the effort to heal our country?
I thought I might look and see what Wikipedia had to say about hate. There really wasn’t much there, the discussion was bible based which I found disappointing. Hate is just one of the vast array of emotions humans have. I guess the references to the bible are due to it’s age and use throughout our society. The other references are rather short and limited in scope, as shown below. The thing that I hadn’t considered is that hate is a relationship issue. It take two to hate. Anyway, here is the portion of Wikipedia that I found that might be of use and interest. Of course the thing that sticks out like a sore thumb is that Freud saw it as “ego” based, I tend to agree.
In psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud defined hate as an ego state that wishes to destroy the source of its unhappiness. More recently, the Penguin Dictionary of Psychology defines hate as a “deep, enduring, intense emotion expressing animosity, anger, and hostility towards a person, group, or object.”
The neural correlates of hate have been investigated with an fMRI procedure. In this experiment, people had their brains scanned while viewing pictures of people they hated. The results showed increased activity in the middle frontal gyrus, right putamen, bilaterally in the premotor cortex, in the frontal pole, and bilaterally in the medial insular cortex of the human brain.
In the future I will attempt to examine the physiological effects of hate. It screws with hormones, neurotransmitters and blood chemistries to the extent that it changes humans into it’s former state of being an animal and inhuman. The chemistry of hate is complex and is not easily researched. But just think of the last time you really got angry over something to the degree that you wanted to cause harm to someone or something. Also think about how it is infectious, it spreads like the flu, it feeds and breeds on itself. Then remember, the only thing or person you have control over is yourself. It is in your self interest to learn and teach self-control. Which no easy task. The Dalai Lama published a book years ago addressing this issue, it is titled “Destructive Emotions” and I suggest anyone interested in hate and self-control to read and study it. Here is an interesting link, I will provide the PDF, which references the “hate circuit” within the brain that opens up a new line of research but anyway, this “hate circuit” gets disconnected in people with depression on possibly other mental disorders. It is a thick read and one that requires an understanding of basic brain terminology to be somewhat understandable. I got through it but it will require 2 or more rereading to fully understand it. It has been years since I delved into the brain and how it works. 2 things that stood out where the effects of this on other organs such as the hippocampus and the amygdala, both of which I am interested because of the effect PTSD has on these neurotransmitter regulation organs. In PTSD the hippocampos shrinks to the size of a walnut and the maygdala increases in size and is blown out of shape, for instance.
When you think of the amygdala, you should think of one word. Fear. The amygdala is the reason we are afraid of things outside our control. It also controls the way we react to certain stimuli, or an event that causes an emotion, that we see as potentially threatening or dangerous.
Depression uncouples brain hate circuit
Oh what a fascinating link and subject to dive into, the hate circuit. Here is another page covering the discovery of the hate circuit. I read it too fast to make any real comment but it is very fascinating and an easy read with further linkages along the bottom left side covering some of what I wrote about earlier, such as hate spreading like the flu and regions within our country most effected by the hate circuit. I haven’t read the yet but will soon, as I hope you will to, here is the link and the PDF.
Brain’s ‘Hate Circuit’ Identified
This next one brings us back to where we started, sort of. It is a recent article where the one on the hate circuit was from 2008, this one is from 2018 and uses the SPLC data to get where it goes. Which is the beginning of this very page. So I am not alone in wondering why all this hate and what to do about it. It is nice to know I am in step with current times :-).
Drivers of hate in the United States have distinct regional differences
I add this so as to put hate and the result of hate in perspective. I grew up during the 50’s and 60’s when the move was to a more equitable society where we fought against racism and exclusion. It was a hard and bloody fight but we made some gains. Since the 80’s those gains have disappeared and things have actually gotten worse. The driver of this, I think, is white supremacy coupled with greed. If one group can suppress another they have those assets to steal or garner for themselves, to enrich their lives. The problem is, that thinking is wrong. The cost of this effects all of society and not just in dollar value. There are systems that once were the pride of the nation now in total disarray. Education is but one example and in this report they state that segregation is now actually worse than when I grew up. If we fear the “other”, segregate them, exclude them, does this actually grow more fear, more hate. It appears that it does, it feeds upon itself and spread like the flu, as suspect earlier.
Half-century of US civil rights gains have stalled or reversed, report finds
Assessment 50 years after Kerner Commission points to child poverty and school segregation, along with emboldened white supremacists
Here is the original Kerner Report, the 50th anniversary report costs $90.00 on Amazon, if you want to buy it.
Hate…ridgid thinking, unable to be amended by new information, the lack of growth in the individual? Quite possibly and not by choice. An interesting read on fundamentalism and it’s costs.
Scientists Have Established a Link Between Brain Damage and Religious Fundamentalism
Study Details Link Between Trump’s Aggressive Rhetoric at Campaign Rallies and Increased Violence
Lead researcher describes it as “phenomenon that’s unique” to rallies held by the president
The above two links demonstrate this spreading of flu like hate. It breeds and feeds upon itself almost like a cancer. A growing tumor. If unchecked it is possible to have hoards loose on the streets seeking “the other”. Whatever that other is as defined by those with the most fear. The self loathing, self hate. Hate of the self is protected by the need to survive by the host, so the hate is turned towards the external and again, the other.
These next 2 posts belong here on the “Hate” page as well as on the 2nd Bill of Rights page. They both speak to the fear of the “other” in ways that I am unable too. I am coming around to the idea that hate is a disease much like a cold or the flu. Cast it about and it’s spreads like wild-fire. It is in our own self-interest to do everything we can to prevent us from getting hate. Catching hate. Spreading hate. It appears we need to relearn tolerance and forgiveness. It starts with you, inside.
‘Americans are Being Held Hostage and Terrorized by the Fringes’
Michael Bloomberg calls ‘epidemic of dishonesty’ bigger threat than terrorism
Mitch McConnell Appoints Hate Group Leader to Religious Freedom Commission