Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hate: a crime against humanity

by Susana Baumann, guest blogger

Like alcohol or gambling, hate is an addiction. Just like a druggie or a drunk, haters are constantly self-involved in a negative emotion that changes their brain at risk of suffering adverse consequences. It also numbs their predisposition to accept and understand differences: why other people behave in different ways, believe in different ideas or simply look different.

Like an addiction, the real kicker of hate is extreme unhappiness with one self. Some people drowns in a bottle, others in constant hate against anything that in their view, prevents them to achieve their own self-involved purpose, namely power, money, happiness or dominance.

However, society accepts it as a “feeling,” a despiteful one but a socially accepted behavior. We even have come to accept that anger is a behavior that needs treatment and management at an individual level but we have not linked it directly with hate, its direct cause.

And when hate becomes a behavior stimulated by leaders and directed against an individual or a population for political, racist or religious reasons, provoking such an angry reaction that people cannot control their own behavior and put their lives at risk, it should be criminalized and prosecuted for what it really is: a crime against humanity.

Susana Baumann is an award-winning writer, multi-cultural expert, and public speaker.

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