Hate reduces the lives of people who practice it to bitter misery that is then blamed on those who they hate, when the real culprit can be seen in the mirror.
You can tell the relative poverty of a state by how much hate it encompasses. If the state’s successful politicians regularly express hate, you can almost guarantee that the state will be a decrepit cesspool of poverty and misery. Hate is why the hate-filled states are full of poverty and despair. They drive away non-hate-filled people as well as those who could provide the services that they need.
Hate brings meaning to the lives of those pathetic souls who practice it, but it never brings happiness. Thus those who hate are mostly to be pitied — until their hate starts hurting innocent people. Then it must be countered, and strongly.
Tolerance of people who are different does not mean tolerance of hate. Hate invariably leads to people being harmed, as those who hold hate in their hearts do hateful and harmful things. You shall know them by their fruits — if their rhetoric encourages harm to others, it is hate. The spreading of hate is thus the spreading of harm. The physician’s motto is “first, do no harm,” but what if it is necessary in order to prevent greater harm? Was it immoral for a Jewish judge to ask Jewish gangsters to form a squad of Nazi-punching gangsters to break up Nazi meetings in 1937’s New York City? Or is punching Nazis always morally acceptable?
– Badtux the Hate-observing Penguin