Category Archives: Musings

Is It Always Wrong to Hate?

hate-it-has-caused-a-lot-of-problems-in-this-worldI posted this graphic on my Facebook page and asked for reactions.  Many responded that Maya was referring to hating people.  If pressed, she probably would have agreed with that, but these kinds of platitudes are seldom precise enough to stand on their own.

My initial thought was, “What about World War II and abolition?” It was our hatred for slavery and the Axis powers that solved these problems. And since you can’t have a Nazi or slavery without persons behind them, then there must be a certain sense in which this hatred (or righteous indignation) is directed at persons.

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I’m Old Enough to Remember When…

Tolerance meant civil disagreement, rather than thinking that contradictory views can be valid.

Rights involved what others shouldn’t be allowed to do to you, rather than what they should be required to do for you.

Art was the aesthetically pleasing product of creative talent, rather than someone with two thumbs trying to make a shocking statement.

History was something you learned about in order to understand the present and improve the future, rather than something you redacted in order to support your ideology.

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