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Growing up I always heard the phrase Hate is a strong word This is true Hate is not only a strong word but it is a strong emotion Like any human emotion it has the ability to be either positive or negative The word love for example eludes a positive or good feeling therefore we associate it as a good word However is love still good when a person dies because of it Is abusive love good Much like the word love hate does not have a set connotation despite its definition It is complex just like any other emotion For this reason alone we cannot declare it solely a bad thing There is no clear dichotomy between good and bad since it is the actions taken because of these emotions that becomes the determining factor for whether or not hate is wrong Hate that is kept under control is not a bad thing because it does not cause devastating harm to others Hate does not always cause harm to others In todays culture the word hate has become overused and ordinary We barely notice when we utter the word It has become common to say things such as I hate bananas or I hate cooking but does that mean you are going to brutally attack a banana or go around beating people who cook Most of the time we are just expressing subjectively We do not plan to take action against these things just because we dislike them with a passion Moreover we have a tendency to exaggerate While we may say we hate something a lot of the time we just really dislike it In Andrew Sullivans essay Whats so bad about hate he argues Hate is everywhere Human beings generalize all the time ahead of time about everyone and everything A large part of it may even be hard-wired 183 It is accurate to say that hate is everywhere because it is
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