philosophy

Barriers of Hatred

Hatred has never been so prevalent in our society as it is today. Every which way we turn we witness the toxicity of hatred being forced down the throats of victims that most often do not know what they did wrong, if they even did anything wrong at all. We see this toxicity dividing families, ending relationships and collapsing the very social fabric of our nation. What is the culprit of this ever increasing problem? Pride and the narcissistic self is at the heart of the matter.

Pride and the need to satisfy our ego is what keeps us from connecting with others, exhibiting empathy, loving and ultimately establishing relationships. The only form of relationship pride and narcissism can accomplish is that of artificiality. When one cannot express love or connect with another, the only manner of connection left to be established is that of tyranny in which an individual lords over another with authority while only gesturing criticism and the occasional applaud, that is, as long as the victim is compliant within the bounds of the narcissist’s ideal.

The only way in which we can see improvement on part of the issue of hatred is that people begin to let go of their pride and ego this in turn helps put away the walls that keep the individual from becoming vulnerable with others. As soon as we put away the walls of pride and ego in our life we are then able to fully connect with others as vulnerability is essential in establishing authentic, long-term relationships.

“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

ephesians 4:31-32 nkjv

This, of course, cannot be fully accomplished unless the recipient is compliant in letting go of their pride and ego as well and is open to hear out the individual with genuine sincerity and without prejudice. At this moment, both individuals are vulnerable one with another wherein no walls exist, but only love and compassion. Have you torn down your walls yet?

-Michael Thacker

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