2) intense or passionate dislike."feelings of hate and revenge"synonyms:hatred, loathing, detestation, dislike, distaste, abhorrence, abomination, execration, aversion;
- intense dislike or ill will."racial hatred"synonyms:loathing, hate, detestation, dislike, distaste, abhorrence, abomination, execration;
“Why do humans possess this extreme negative emotional characteristic...?”
This is a oversimplification to an extremely complex behavior. Experts from a wide variety of psychological, sociological, medical, anthropological, neurological, and biological disciplines have been contemplating this for quite some time now. The conclusions vary, and often open up more questions to the details involved in the complexity of it's roots. People have their individual belief's that can transform into inappropriate behaviors whenever people shift into groups, yet within the individuals there lies highly malleable possibilities.
We're all capable of distinguishing right from wrong with the proper basic understanding and social interpretations of morality. Whenever that basis is absent or distorted by these group influences, the bad can take the forefront. Frontline did a deep dive into the confrontation at Charlottesville, VA with some astounding results. White Supremacists gathered to spew the rhetoric of the ideological distortions supporting the messages they allegedly stand behind. Timing represented in the "Make America Great Again" campaign sparked the subcultural factions for several groups of these misfits, and the subsequent election by the smallest percentage of eligible voters since the end of WWII gave them their sense of validation. The characters involved in the violence across the nation aligned with this tactical opportunity are consistently the same from place to place. There organized efforts were anticipated by the local and national authorities, yet the efforts to disperse the violence were sidelined up until the moment the car slammed into the crowd and causing the tragic death and injuries.
Infanticide is one of the most deplorable exhibitions of human behavior, yet it regularly occurs in many species other than homo sapiens. Nazi soldiers performed reprehensible acts of violence towards other humans for much of the entirety of the war. Soviet soldiers carried out the maniacal orders of Stalin prior to and many years after the same war. Cambodian soldiers systematically executed 25% of the entire population of their homeland on the orders of their leader. Aggression and violence aren’t always the byproduct of hate, it’s the focus on hatred that draws attention. Maybe it’s the disregard for human life we find so appalling, in that. With true freedom of speech aren’t people allowed to hate, as long as they don’t act upon that with violence? Racism is deplorable, yet how can we suppress it with legislation?
This is so fucking contradictory for a species to achieve unparalleled gratification at such polar opposite ends of the emotional continuum. Love and hate portray the best and worst of our emotional experiences, and often lead to some of the best and worst in behavioral outcomes.