The mass media constantly tells you that there is one emotion worse than all others: hate. Mass religion tells you that there is one feeling that is always the most evil: hate. Mass politics tell you that there is one type of “crime” that is more awful than anything else: hate.
Let’s keep things in perspective: hate is just an emotion. Loathing is just a matter of the firing of certain neurons in the brain. Hate is not an action – sure, hatred may motivate certain activities, both heinous and heroic. Hate could possibly incite the murder an innocent citizen at one extreme – or inspire a husband to defend his wife against attackers in the opposite situation. But love itself has caused people to slaughter strangers and save spouses just about as often in recorded history. But, when you look at these emotions in terms of psychology, both hate and love are merely bioelectric discharges in the brain.
Why, then, is one particular emotion so vilified by all cultures? The answer has to be that the emotion of hate poses a threat to those very same societies. Why, then, is one feeling demonized by all major religions? Because that feeling is a danger to those particular religions. Why, then, do democratic countries enact laws against hate speech? Because hate endangers the actual foundations of government. There is a reason why the ruling bureaucracy wants to eradicate hatred, and that obvious explanation arises from the fact that hate threatens the very existence of the humanitarian establishment. Loathing puts the communitarians in peril.
In spite of constant denunciation from religious traditions, and despite continual condemnation by secular liberals, why does hatred continue to be expressed? Because hate must benefit the hater. Because hate must advantage the hater. The act of loathing other people gives you an edge.
And altruists are intimidated by that empowerment of the individual hater. When a man has scorn in his heart he cannot be brainwashed by the idealists. When an individual is motivated by hate, he cannot be controlled by humanitarian mind control.
The object of hatred is largely accidental – what is vital is the process of expressing hatred. It doesn’t matter exactly who you come to detest, it is precisely this experience of hating others that forms and forges your identity as a distinct individual. It doesn’t matter precisely who come to despise, it is the process of repulsion that frees you from social convention. The way I figure it: anything the idealists tell me is wrong is pretty much something that I damn well should be doing.
Hate liberates the human spirit. Disgust emancipates the personality. Hate is what makes you a free-thinking individualist. Hatred is all that keeps you from becoming just another do-gooder. It is only hate that keeps you from becoming part of the herd.
A free man expresses his hatreds loudly and proudly.