by Don Nelson
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: extreme dislike
Synonyms: abhorrence, abomination, anathema, animosity, animus, antagonism, antipathy, aversion, black beast, bother, bugbear, bête noire, detestation, disgust, enmity, execration, grievance, gripe, hatred, horror, hostility, ill will, irritant, loathing, malevolence, malignity, mislike, nasty look, no love lost, nuisance, objection, odium, pain, rancor, rankling, repugnance, repulsion, resentment, revenge, revulsion, scorn, spite, trouble, venom
Hate means to 'dislike intensely, loathe'
Despise means 'look down on contemptuously'
"Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true."- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Today’s political climate is made up of many of the synonyms for “hate”. They seem to more acceptable than the noun they take their meaning from. The further we become removed from the hate filled lessons of the past – the less sensitivity to those lessons we experience. It is an inevitable thing. Generations forget the lesson of their parents – unless the parents teach them. Teaching can sometimes be as simple as living in a way that conveys the lesson. Compassion and respect and justice for all the beings that inhabit this earth.