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My mom taught us kids that hate was very powerful. To be very careful in how you express hate and even how you say the word.
Is hate the opposite of love?
Or is hate a response to those things and those people who violate the virtues that we care deeply about?
At this moment in time, the way I process the idea of hate is this.
How can you really love something if you have no interest in fighting for it? 
To fight is to oppose, and your hate is an opposition to that which opposes the virtues you love. In essence it is our love that drives our hate.

My hate is very strong, because my love is strong. If I die with love in my heart, how can my hate not be there with it, for they are brothers. What must die in our hearts before our hearts die inside of us is fear.
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Lecura Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
I think hatred is something we must overcome. Yes, it's the hardest emotion to let go of, especially when you've been so wronged. But hatred is also born out of ignorance, and much too often at that. It may not be the form of hatred you were expressing (I sincerely hope it isn't and that if it is, you're at least aware of it now), but the history of humankind has been stained with eras of senseless hate, and so much of it is due to ignorance. What's worse is that people refuse to recognize that ignorance, and so they're blinded further from clarity and peace. 
Whether your hate encompasses a specific group or simply the motives of an individual, I don't know, but I'm sorry for the wrong that's been done to youYou seem passionate and you seem wise, so what I ask is this; If you're going to hate something, make sure you hate it for what it is, not what you think it is. Please, do not hate blindly.
Let me also ask you this: Don't you think hate is part of bitterness, wrath, hostility, and unforgiving? Perhaps letting yourself hate is the easy escape. Perhaps, by hating, you're keeping yourself from the truth you were always entitled to. 
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N8grafica Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hate to me is nothing more than a repulsion.  If I ate something that was rotten and crawling with maggots, I would be repelled.  If you can imagine two magnets that are both positively charged, they are at odds. That's how I feel about certain behaviour traits. As far as groups or classes of people and any other species, to hate them would be ignorance. 
When someone lies without blinking, over something that carries no threat for being honest, that is something that I hate. When people reduce the value of animals to a bag of carrots I hate that, because I value life. If someone litters, I hate that, I care about the planet, but I'm not going to seeth wrath or brew in bitterness about it.  I'll just hate as it comes natural, and carry on loving what I love. I like your idea of not hating out of ignorance.  I think there is something about fear based hatred that is debilitating, and I think that hatred can be a key ingredient to creating a cortisol based chemistry, especially if it becomes addictive.  I'm still in the contemplation faze so I haven't really figured out exactly what I believe to be dogmatic. Oh yeah, I hate being bossed around, or obligated, because I like helping and giving out of my free will. 
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Lecura Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Those are very rational forms of hate, all of which I can't disagree with. Just this morning, I was thinking how different the world would be if there were no lies, if there never were any. There's nothing but lies in the systems that govern us. which is really quite sad. The world's entire ruling system is corrupt. But even day-to-day, it's exhausting having to worry whether or not someone's telling you the truth. 
See, I fear prejudice and racism, and it never ceases to amaze me that it actually exists. What's sad is that there's so much hatred based off of fear and ignorance, and so much cruelty that comes from that hatred. 
I do see what you mean though. We can't be free of hate but we can be free of hostility. As you said, "your hate is an opposition to that which opposes the virtues you love." I think the way you view love and hate is really quite great and deep.  
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N8grafica Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I believe in forgiveness also, but while I may not demand payment for certain things, I will never not hate the things that directly violate what I love. 
Let your heart hate, let your heart have anger, let your heart love. Guard against bitterness, worry, anxiousness, wrath, spite, revenge, cynicism, hostility, escape, unforgiveness, and any twisting of the truth to protect your self interests. 
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Atlas0 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That was intense.
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Keeshaba Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe that hate poisons us inside. And not that piddly "I hate mustard" kinda' hate. But the dark, mean loathing that can turn us into really negative people. (Hence the poison?) I believe that we should forgive the person. It doesn't mean what they did is right, but to let that hate go.
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