Thursday, September 24, 2009


While we were away, and since we returned home, even though I've attempted to avoid upsetting news stories and the opinion of others, one thing has seeped through the brief instances I've happened upon accidentally : hate (that's a verb) so I should really have written "hatred", I guess. Whether noun or verb, it's still obnoxious.

Hatred is like fire -- it makes even light rubbish deadly.
George Eliot
British astrologer of the last century, C.E.O. Carter wrote that:

"Hate is one of the most extreme Martian vibrations, through Scorpio rather than Aries, and probable generally with an admixture of Saturn or Uranus. The last-named is often violent in its antipathies, and, like Scorpio, may remember slights and insults after long periods. In maps capable of nourishing hatred and revenge the benefics are usually obscurely placed."
We have an "admixture of Saturn and Uranus" hovering above us just now, in the form of a celestial opposition between the status quo (Saturn) and change (Uranus). Perhaps it's this reflected in earthly terms that we keep encountering here in the USA.

Extreme political right-wingers seem hell-bent on the destruction of any aims of President Obama and his administration to right many societal wrongs, particularly in relation to health care in this country. These wrongs are clear to others, but the hatemongers remain blind to them, or obtusely uncaring. Hatemongers will use any twisted logic and lies to persuade the uninformed or passive that their views are the right ones. This is bad enough, but as long as it stops at people waving hate-ridden signs, and shouting abuse, not much is lost. I fear that whipping up hatred of this nature among many who will not stop to think things through for themselves, could lead to much worse eventualities. Blood could well be spilled before long. In fact, immediately after drafting this post yesterday afternoon, I saw this article at Huffington Post: "Census Worker Hanged: Bill Sparkman Found with "FED" on his Body". This man was a teacher and part-time worker collecting information for the census in Kentucky. Investigations are ongoing.

Hatred is like fire -- it makes even light rubbish deadly.
What could be done to alleviate the situation?

When we were in South Dakota last week, enjoying one of the many sights there, I heard a nearby group of tourists discussing the political situation. One of the group said "all Muslims are terrorists, and now we have one in the White House". On another occasion, in an antiques mall in Nebraska, another group of people stood discussing health care, and though I didn't hover too long, as I passed by them I couldn't help hearing just one sentence concerning what is, in the USA seriously misunderstood and looked on as a dirty word: "socialism". What is a person like me to do in such circumstances? Should I insert myself into their discussion? That would be very rude, and in any case my views would not be welcome because the minds of these folk are made up, set in stone. Yes their minds are set in stone. There's nothing to be done, but to live through whatever comes next.

I don't hate these people, I feel dreadfully sorry for them. I feel sorry for this beautiful, beautiful country that is has a proportion of citizens who do not want to see the wood for the trees.
You've got to be taught before it's too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You've got to be carefully taught!

(From Rogers & Hammerstein's "South Pacific" )


Wisewebwoman said...

Ignorance is not bliss at all, is it T, in the cases of these hatemongers ploughing about, stooges of the corporatrocracy. Shooting themselves in both feet so to speak.
It is gathering momentum and even for us Canadians, has mow gone beyond a joke as they've attacked (with unbelievable lies) our universal health care system.
Death panels indeed.
It would be funny if it wasn't so appalling.

Twilight said...

WWW ~~~ Yes indeed, and there would be a funny side to it all if it didn't result in so much harm.

Ron Southern said...

Hatred? All we need in the world now is more countries with nuclear bombs, and then we won't have to worry about the world much longer. You can't worry about what you no longer have.

Twilight said...

RonSouthern ~~~ The Bomb - ultimate symbol of hatred. Yes.
There's a seed of hatred inside every one of us, probably planted at The Big Bang in seminal form - and it's quite likely that it'll only be destroyed by another Big Bang.

If only humans could rise above their nature. Maybe if Europe and the USA were to give up their nuclear weapons or at least radically reduce them initially, it would persuade other countries not to try to produce them to defend themselves against the giants.

I don't know.

We're not big enough, or brave enough, or wise enough.

Ron Southern said...

Yes, you are wise and yet, as you say, not wise enough. We will end up under that hill of beans, having farted ourselves to death, and our ghosts will continue to HATE all the rest of stinking humanity!!!

Twilight said...

RonS.~~~~ If there's anything left to hate. Perhaps our ghosts will watch a new race, hewn out of the radioactive rubble amalgamated with spores from outer space. Would they have a seed of hatred embedded too I wonder, or could they eventually achieve the wisdom our lot were simply incapable of?

Do I feel a story coming on? ;-)
I bet you could do a poem on that topic.

Ron Southern said...

I'd hate to speculate. Ummm...

deborah cavins said...
I know it is hard to be overwhelmed with fear as we see the hatred all around us not to mention seeing it all come to light in politics. but fear should direct us to take action. even if it is just in our day to day interactions and families. If one man can destroy nations.. why not one man, save them? Be that one man!

Twilight said...

deborah cavins ~~~ Hello!
Thank you for those words of wisdom. You're right. Yet it's very difficult to know what to do, other than trying not to create more of what there is already an abundance of.