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About hate and love

James Baldwin was a world-class American author. But he had two characteristics that made it difficult for him to live in America, so difficult that he sought refuge in France in 1948 and found his adopted home there. Those characteristics were his skin color, he was black, and his sexual orientation, he was gay. One thing would have been enough to make him unpopular; both together was a severe handicap, because America was largely racist and homophobic. So he was exposed to the rejection, contempt and hatred of his American compatriots, and all the more so since he relentlessly exposed and scourged the morbid inner state of his homeland in his novels. Through the hatred he experienced, he came to an insight that, of course, applies not only to his contemporaries in America; it matters everywhere. He wrote: “I suppose one of the reasons why people hold on to their hatred so stubbornly is because they feel that once the hatred is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” The hatred is in our times a spread that has probably not been in a long time. In the digital media, for example, political elected officials are covered with a wave of hate speech and even death threats. The outrageous images of the storming of the Capitol made the television viewer look directly into the angry face of hatred. It is difficult to assume that behind the hatred of agitators and post-writers is pain. Yet I believe James Baldwin is largely right. Hardly anyone hates by nature. Often, I think, there is an emotional injury behind the hatred. You want, you can't feel it or allow it. Perhaps you experienced it early, in childhood or later in the company of other people. How quickly can one experience cheating, contempt and humiliation. And you can't defend yourself against it; whatever you do, you get caught up all the more in the web of rejection and disregard. That hurts. If you don't want to feel that and therefore hate it, you no longer need to deal with your pain. The hatred is the valve from which the whipped emotions can shoot out. Who it hits is ultimately not that important; The main thing is that the emotional pressure is gone. But that also means that hate cannot be defeated with arguments. An emotion cannot be appeased by rationality, but only by other emotions. Whoever wants to alleviate hatred has to name the pain and thereby heal it. For example, in a conversation, what caused the hatred may come up. Just saying it out often brings relief. But that's probably not always enough. If it is to succeed at all, and it does not always succeed, it is through the experience of unconditional love. Those who feel and know that they are loved no longer need hate. In the best case scenario, he himself becomes someone who can love. This is one of the reasons why Jesus Christ tells his disciples, “Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you; pray for those who offend you. ”However, this can only succeed if one is rooted in a love that is greater than that between people. For Jesus it was clearly the love of God that can lead to such behavior. This love says: You are accepted with your mistakes and weaknesses, nothing can destroy God's love for you. Often someone lives in this love without believing in God or even knowing about him. Then God came to him incognito, so to speak, through a loving person - certainly also to someone who was hateful. Often someone experiences this love without believing in God or even knowing about him. Then God comes to him incognito, so to speak, through a loving person - certainly sometimes also to someone who is hateful.


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