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Hatred is the root cause of all evils

Farouk Araie
Filed on December 29, 2019

Mankind is struggling to find a cure for hate, a disease that has decimated humanity for over 2,000 years.

The past 20 years witnessed hate consuming nation after nation, tribe after tribe, ideology after ideology, resulting in over 40 million deaths since the end of World War 2. Hatred has spread across continents, engulfing the global landscape in an orgy of mindless bloodletting. Its chilling message has crossed international frontiers at an alarming pace, placing international security at risk. Its venomous message defies logic and sanity. Like a tsunami, it is difficult to stop as it hurtles like a tornado harvesting the unwary in its vicious tentacles. It has no season, it breeds like wildfire as it scorches the land that gave birth to it. Like a deadly virus, it is constantly mutating, as it assumes new variations. Mankind is struggling to find a cure for hate, a disease that has decimated humanity for over 2,000 years, even before the advent of religion.

Hatred has enveloped the globe on a massive scale. After disease, mankind's deadliest scourge has always been hate. Hate has killed hundreds of millions in thousands of conflicts in the past two thousand years. It knows no season and has no limit. It is immensely irrational and a deadly phenomenon. It is in us all. And it will remain there forever, unless we expunge it from our lives.

In a world awash with hate, vengeance, and brutal competition, there is a need for radical generation of compassionate and principled people.

There is a need for those who are going to live lives driven by the kind of love which circumvents self-centred conventions of our world which is self-destruction from its seams.

Hatred neither lives in the land of its own nor the house of its own. It is both hereditary and acquired. Hatred evolves from one form of violence or the other. Mankind shows no sign of tolerance, we are moving on a path of self-destruction from which there is no escape from naked hatred. -Farouk Araie, Johannesburg, South Africa


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