In my essay, I compare and contrast love and hate. I find their similarities and their differences. My work is based on the norms of western society and the casually excepted implications of each emotion, such as how love is considered positive and hate is considered negative. In my essay, I compare and contrast the two emotions from a matter-of-fact and semi-technical perspective.
Both hate and love are emotions and both are felt by humans though the exact nature of love or its many definitions means it is a difficult emotion to define. Love does seem to have a lot of definitions, whereas the word hate has numerous definitions but they are all centered on the same thing.
Both are powerful emotions
It is fair to say that love and hate are powerful emotions. They may lead a person to be euphoric or very sad, and can both encourage anger and extreme happiness. It is possible to hate someone so much that you like it, and it is possible to love someone so much that you secretly hate them.
Both are very good for very good artistic expression
There are many artists and creators that say their work came from their emotions of either love or hate. It seems that they are both good for creating inspiration and for helping a person maintain a concentrated effort so that their creative project is finished.
One may cause the other
It is possible for love to cause hate and hate to cause love. They are both conflicting emotions, but people may hate a person whilst actually falling in love, and one person may fall in love only to start eventually hating the person they purport to love.
There are numerous differences that both love and hate have, and there also appears to be a lot of mixing of emotions. It is possible to love and hate a person or something at the same time. A good example of this is a person that is cheated on that both loves and hates the person that cheated.
One is perceived as negative and the other positive
This is the biggest difference between both love and hate. Love is seen as a positive and constructive emotion, whereas hate is seen as a negative and destructive emotion.
One is tied to negative actions and one tied to positive actions
There are things such as loving/hateful acts and things born or love or hate. Both appear to be similar in that they are attached to action, but love is tied to positive actions and events, whereas hate is attached to negative actions and events.
There are quite a lot of differences when it comes to love and hate, and yet as emotions, they both seem to have a startling amount of similarities. The biggest reason for their differences seems to be based on the fact that they are two opposing emotions; however, it is possible for the two emotions to exist at one time and for both emotions to be seen as positive and negative.
Hate is easy:
If one thrives on hatred, should they set their mind to it, one could live perhaps the most content life of all. There is so much hate in the world, and it is so available that one could just reach out, as if into thin air, and grasp a bundle of hate and eat it. There is a lot of love as well, sure, but most of the time, it’s not so easy to just reach out and grab – and for that reason people tend to lean towards hate. They tend not to stretch their tired arm so far, not to rise from their comfortable seated position, not even to think twice about it. They just settle for hate. To get to love, one must pass hate. Most people, in their weak and sedated state, just stop at hate. It’s closer.
Hate is comfortable:
Hate can be comfortable for the hater but painful for the hated. Love can be painful for the lover and comfortable for the loved. It’s our charge as selfish humans to enjoy hate and ignore love. To focus on our comfort and other’s pain. Our own discomfort is far worse a thing then someone else’s pain simply because of who owns what. Perception is reality especially in hate. Love can scare us. It can rock our thoughts and rattle our emotions. Hate gives us the illusion of control because we think we understand it. Love confuses us, though it’s one of nature’s base values. There was love before there was hate. But hate has reigned longer than love.
Hate is what we know:
As our world’s history is so riddled with hateful people and hateful acts we seem used to it, and when those hateful people act out against other hateful people, and all the hate starts to fly back and forth, it feels as if it is right, as if it is normal. Hate is our status quo. Hate is harvested. Hate is given away for free. Love is cherished and often kept close to one’s chest. Love is something we are told we have to work hard to find and work harder to keep. History books are filled with hateful battles, quarrels, arguments, fits and spats instigated and fought by hateful kings, soldiers, warriors, conquerors, armies and militias. We are taught hate as kids. We are given the option to find love as adults. Love requires compassion. Hate requires only ego. We are born with ego, but we must learn compassion.
Hate grows, love shrinks:
The world is getting worse. Hateful people breed hateful people. Loving people breed loving people and hateful people. Love grows within the lover but shrinks within the world. Hate grows within the hater and grows within the world. Modern man is controlled by the masses. Modern man is comforted by large groups who think the same as him. Love is more powerful than hate. But love is outnumbered by hate. When the masses hate, the masses grow. Love is born in the universe and grows into the man. Hate is born in the man and grows out into the universe.
Hate doesn’t stand a chance:
Haters are more passive than active. Lovers are more active than passive. Love is worth dying for. Hate is not. The small armies of love will march longer and further than the massive armies of hate. The world’s lovers are aware of the world’s haters. The world’s haters are unaware of the world’s lovers. Lovers spread love. Haters spread hate. But, lovers spread actively while haters spread passively. Love is right. Hate is wrong. Basic principles in this world are upheld by physics. Yes, the dusk of hate is dark and long, but the dawn of love is brighter and longer. A hater’s hate is no match for a lover’s love. For even in death a lover’s love lives on when the hater’s hate turns to ash.
Postscript on love:
I wouldn’t dare voice an opinion on something that wasn’t entirely subjective. Love knows no rules, has no authorities, protectors or enforcers. Therefore I am free to write and speak all I wish about Love and no one can really say I am wrong about it. You can however say I am wrong about hate, but chances are, you are an optimist.
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