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I bring up this topic only because a couple of LJ friends of mine have been experiencing a great deal of anger and hatred.

We all experience these feelings at one time or another in our lives and it’s healthy to express them, because if we suppress them, we stand the chance of exploding in a most dangerous manner. It’s when we refuse to let these emotions go, that we become their prisoners, allowing them to rule our lives. To live life continuously with these emotions of anger and hatred, make it impossible for us to have control over our lives, and to live content lives. When you give in to these feelings, refusing to let them go, then you have given all the power to that which caused you so much anger and hatred. Sometimes these feelings of anger and hatred can be dangerous. In fact, if you put the letter D in front of the word ANGER, you get the word DANGER! We must refuse to give that power to anyone or anything, and the only way to do that is to bring an end, once and for all, to these harmful feelings within ourselves.

There is a Spanish saying that goes something like, "He who loses his temper, loses." This is so true. Every time I’ve experienced these fits of anger and hatred, I have been the loser! EVERY TIME!

"He who angers you conquers you."
- Elizabeth Kenny

I read somewhere that hate calls for 100 times the energy of love. If only we would spend all that energy on love, instead of hate, what a better world this would be.

Why is there so much hatred in this world? Why is there so much anger, with each growing day? Why is it so hard to forgive AND forget? Why is hatred flourishing so much? How do you deal with these feelings of ANGER and HATRED when confronted by them?


"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned."
- Buddha

"Hatred does not cease through hatred
at any time. Hatred ceases through love.
This is an unalterable law."
- Buddha



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Jun. 12th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
I too wonder why there is so much hatred in this country. So many people seem so polarized, it is all or nothing and I hate the other side. It seems to be everywhere.

I have been watching this happen for some time. It is a sad state for all of us.

Where has the Love Gone?
Jun. 13th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)
There has been anger and hatred since the beginning of time, but when did it get as bad as it has?
Jun. 12th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
this is totally OT but i have a question i have been meaning to ask you and the "graphics by slpg" reminded me
Do you take your own photos, or have a photog, or buy stock (obviously not stock for the ones of you but the little pictures at the beginning of your posts). Ditto graphics, are you making them, stock, have a monkey illustrator slave...

People are anger because they don't get enough massages and chocolate (or sex). Thats my theory.
Jun. 13th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
Many of them I have taken myself, and many I have bought and re-done with Adobe.

Should you ever want some, let me know and I'll give you some.

Did you know that I've tried and tried to leave comments on your fabulous photography, but hadn't been able to find the reply button! I just now went in and found it. I tell you, sometimes I really wonder about myself! :o(
Jun. 13th, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
If you put a "w" in front of anger, you get a wanger.
That be me.
Jun. 13th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
You do know that I steal little doggies that look like you, and bring them home to hug, don'tcha'? :o)
Jun. 13th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
I remember a line from one of my favorite movies Red dawn. The Major said to Robert as he noticed that he was cutting kill notches into the butt of his ak-47. "Son all that hate is gonna burn you up!" Robert replied. "it keeps me warm."
Jun. 13th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
God, I hate to contradict myself here, but it's true, it does keep you warm! But I do love everybody else!
Jun. 13th, 2006 01:50 am (UTC)
Blind hatred is utterly pointless. Of course, sometimes there's a reason to hate, and people who have a good reason to hate hang on to it because it helps. I don't want to say that it keeps me going because I have a lot of motivation in my life but I have to say the anger I have helps a lot.
Jun. 13th, 2006 03:36 am (UTC)
When it becomes blind hatred, and isn't ever let go, then I believe that's when it becomes dangerous.

Jun. 13th, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
You've brought up some exceptionally good points!

Could it be that we continue, more and more, to stick our nose in other people’s lives? Would it be possible for our hatred to subside, if we each carried a sign saying, "Mind your own business."
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(no subject) - playgirl - Jun. 13th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 13th, 2006 05:46 am (UTC)
ANGER AND HATRED well the only anger and hatred that I have felt
lately is at my self or should I say my body for letting me down
when I needed it the most but I can't do much about it and so
I just go on, like today I have a yard that has been getting more
and more out of control I cut it today it took me 6 hrs and that is only 1/2
the rest I will hopefully get tomorrow I could just let it go but
it is my own little battle I do what I can and i take a break and then
make myself do more and I can tell you I do hate dandelions :)lol
one thing that you said that it is harder to hate then to love
but to hate is easy it is harder to love to love some times because to love you
have to give more of your self. but you are right about having to let it go or
it will eat you up in side.

well I hope you had a great day!;)
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Dandelions!
dandelions can be nasty!

The least person in the world you should feel anger and hatred for, is yourself!

Six hours of attending a yard is pretty darn good! I think you just expect too much out of yourself. There are only certain things can do, because we're only humans and not machines!

And your right, it is much easier to hate than to love. I believe that's where all problems stem from.

Lots of love, hugs and kisses Sweety Pie!

Jun. 13th, 2006 06:56 am (UTC)
hay there do you know who this is :)
just me I added you here!
Jun. 13th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
For a moment there, I thought I was seeing double!

Oh Wow Sweety Pie! I checked your new journal and really liked it!

Now I'll have TWO places to go to give you lots of hugs and kisses! :o)
(no subject) - moon_shine - Jun. 14th, 2006 06:44 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:19 am (UTC)
We could say we dont have these feelings but it would be wrong to think it is not their,in all of us the fastest way to anger is seeing a wrongdoing yes i would rather love you than hate you but evil is evil doesent matter who commits it.We who stand back and allow's it only let it carry on it's in our ability to change it to me that is why it's their education is the answer but we are all at different levels so quite hard to teach but not to say we should not try.If you want to live in a cave fine if you want to live in a cave and throw rock's at me not fine simple do i wait till you run out of rock's our reach out with my hand you decide,its in us all are we gonna take less and give more you decide peace and good will to you all as they say here all the best.
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:14 pm (UTC)
Re: anger&hatred
It is normal to sometimes go into fits of anger and hatred, but we must then let it go, because if we don't, we're apt to eventually hurt someone.

We read about violence being committed just about everyday, by someone who let these harmful feelings, get out of control.
Jun. 13th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
I think it stems from the self-righteous belief that one's views are superior and thus everyone should follow them. This can be applied to religion (islamist, fundies, the Westboro Baptist Church) and politics (Ann Coulter, Ted Rall).

There is no more "Live and let live". Fascist behavior is rampant. It is sad, and very unAmerican.

It is apart of why I want to start my very own Centrist party.
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
If only we would learn to live and let live!!
But we don't. We keep butting our nose into
other peoples business.

As for Ann Coulter, I dislike INTENSELY, this ugly woman with the Adams Apple!
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(no subject) - playgirl - Jun. 14th, 2006 01:42 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 13th, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
I agree 100% with what you say about anger and hatred.

Why do we hang on to them?? Hurt, selfishness, stubborness, revenge, ego, lack of self control, and etc. all things that are normal to us human beings. We have to work at getting beyond these things, or at least I do.
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
I don't understand either. I have experienced anger and hatred, at one time or another, but not to the point of going after revenge. After I huff and I puff, I just let it go.
Jun. 13th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
Huh, that entry really provides a helpful perspective. Especially like the Buddha quotes. I've already written the first one down and put it in my wallet. Thank you
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
I really love making posts like this because I learn so much from all my LJ friends!

Anger and hatred are topics we should try to learn as much as we can.

I love quotes, and Buddha's are among my favorites.
Jun. 15th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
A person gets angry when his/her expectations aren't met in some shape, way or form. And people don't like to be angry. Maybe because people don't know how to deal with it? I dunno. From my understanding, it's a form of internal pain and suffering., usually an attack to one's character So, it's natural for one to want to fight to stop that. And, it turns to hatred when that inflicted anger is continuous from the same source, and especially if it's believed that the person instigating those feelings knows that he/she is doing it. Or that instigating person disregards the other person completely and devalues that person to nothing. What a person really hates is feeling unimportant, and what people do is imposes those feelings on what he/she considers to be the source of those feelings. That way the angered individual has something to focus on and return a response to in order to achieve a sense of importance. And sometimes it's justified.

The reason there is so much anger and hatred is because everyone is fighting for their place in the world.

This is just off the top of my head, so I might be mistaken in some aspects.
Jun. 15th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
I think you've brought out some very valid reasons for anger and hatred, especially the part about us all trying to fight for our place in the world.

There's also a saying by Benito Juárez, which I believe is very true.

"El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz."
The respect of others property, brings peace.
(no subject) - tigron_x - Jun. 15th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
George Washington - playgirl - Jun. 15th, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 18th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
my hate list is down to one person now!
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