“Thou shalt/Not hate”




  • 1) feel intense or passionate dislike for (someone)."the boys hate each other"synonyms:loathe, detest, despise, dislike, abhor, execrate; 
    1. noun

      2) intense or passionate dislike."feelings of hate and revenge"synonyms:hatred, loathing, detestation, dislike, distaste, abhorrence, abomination, execration, aversion;








      1. 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. 









        “...highway to Avignon”  





      We shouldn’t confuse   “Safety in numbers”   with herd mentality. Large groups of individuals don’t always do what’s right for everyone involved. The interests of a few can be spread widely across the ignorance of the many, when properly framed and presented. Take for example of what we refer to as a generation.  




      1. 1. all of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively."one of his generation's finest songwriters"synonyms:age, age group, peer group"people of the same generation"

      Not all members of whatever category you choose to classify as a particular generation subscribe or adhere to the label attributed to the entirety of the group. Yet, we humans like generalizations for ease of thinking, so we handily push individuals into bundles of assumptions for ease of understanding. Even when we ourselves feel slighted as it’s done to us as individuals. 



         “...road of solitude”



         “...empire by the sea”



         “...winged entrance”


      Inclusive/Exclusive thinking lends to behavior not considering of the whole. It would appear our references of our existence as a species only applies to scientific connotations, and not our day to day decisions about our individual lives. Maybe the shear weight of that concept is inherently a burden rather than a concern. Perhaps, we’ve only recently attained a high enough level of connectivity to even begin to think out loud in these terms. Social Media such as the book of faces has given commonality to a third of our species. We’ve never know a time before, where that many individuals were collectively gathered into a single facet of being human almost simultaneously. There should be hope for breaking through the barriers of isolation from that wretched ideology complex we’ve always lived under. Our evolutionary paths have shifted away from simple survival toward achieving prosperity. Linking everyone to a higher standard of living without killing the planet is the challenge of modernity.  









         “...ruffled elegance”




      Taking a break in the vacation posting action, and turning to the writing aspect of my  blog. I have several thoughts on my mind today as I lounge in my five star hotel room in the south of France. First things first, I don't identify any status value with the fact I'm sleeping in a super nice hotel. I still wake up every single day and wonder what I did to deserve the life I have. My roots are anchored in families from simple means that appreciated everything they ever had, especially the people who brought meaning to their lives. I've seen both sides of the social equation in that, I have more than so many people in this world, and I often struggle with why me and not someone else. There were beggars everywhere along the streets of Marseille, reaching out to everyone walking by for anything that would come their way. The refugees escaping the turmoil in Northern Africa are all around you, as you walk along the busy streets. The only thing separating these people of struggle and those enjoying an ordinary life is the places they were born and the beliefs they attach themselves to. Pausing to feel sympathetic or compassion without consideration of a solution seems, well, status quo. Life has been divided like this for as long as history itself. First it was nobility layering those atop the social power structure. Now capitalism does exactly the same thing. Leads me to wonder if it’s not just our nature as a species to distribute resources of all kinds along this pattern. 

      God flow chart.001.jpeg

      The above flowchart represents the implicit distribution of where humans fall from their belief systems related to a single ideological perspective into a wide disparity of actual outcomes. This is how your place in this world can be effected by where and when you were born, absent of any choice  you may have made to arrive there. 

      "How many billions of homo sapiens have died simply because of how their lives aligned with the outcomes of this chart...?"

      This example suggests the fragility of a life in terms of aspects beyond your control. Would you look at your fellow human beings differently, if you thought for a second that they could easily be you, and you them? As the flow chart suggests, minor shifts in ideology can have profound differences in outcomes. Somehow or another, we humans tend to believe in the idea of birth rights instead of the reality of birth luck. Ideology is something we can apply our preferences and biases to by education and conscious focus toward progressive ideas. Serinity in life comes from dispensing the emotional attachment from whatever is the past, and embracing whatever is the present. I know I harp on this concept quite a bit, because it’s truly that important. I’ve lived through the liberation from this simple transformation, and have real conviction about the power it provides to the type of change humanity hungers for to advance to full modernity. 

        “Progress requires accepting change...” 

      In learning about the history and culture of another society, I can’t help but wonder why so much of what we think and believe lies tethered to an understanding that’s so out of date. The less we inform ourselves, the easier we are influenced by things that don’t really align with the best option for moving everyone forward. It’s almost as if the gap between the minority that realizes there’s a better life for more people if we pursue that, and the majority seeing things from a disadvantaged perspective is fixed by the lack of distribution of simple understanding. It would appear that as long as uninformed individuals are socially occupied or distracted by the presence of an immediate emotional drama of some kind, they lose all interest in making themselves more informed participants in advancing change. To make matters worse, the children don’t get the early childhood development necessary to support proper adult functioning, and multigenerational adversity spreads its hideous wings to shadow the future for even more people. Fuck rising test scores, those people swim through a social system that allows them to achieve Facebook status and find a trendy restaurant, so they can consume more calories than their bodies can ever use. All before the notion of how to make the world a better place ever crosses their minds. They’re not bad people, just incapable citizens of a grand society ignorant to the dilemma of the big picture. This is not a new phenomenon...it’s been present from that dawning day of what we call modern history, and doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon.



        #change needed