Why do we hate ourselves so much?

Politicians reflect to the public what they think the public believes and wants to hear from them.  As a result, political campaigns are loaded with hatred, bigotry, sexism, gay bashing, Moslem bashing, and generally bashing of "the other."  There is so much hatred rampant in our own nation and culture that we express our own inferiority complex by trying to pull down people who do not fit our shallow concept of civilization.  We are still grunting cavemen and cavewomen.  We are comfortable in our caves and we don't want anybody to bother us if they don't fit our concept of the "right" color, religion, sexual inclination, ad infinitum.  Very sad.

It is just about beyond my comprehension why somebody would want to hate "the other."  We hate huge groups of people.  How can that be?  Let some others attempt to shed some light on this human curse...

"The face of the enemy frightens me only when I see how much it resembles mine." -Stanislaw J. Lec

"We have got to understand that they dream our dreams and we dream theirs.  We have got to understand that they are us."  -Rachel Corrie

"We make 'national honor' God; and we fail to see the presence of God in other cultures and traditions and people.  We make human color and gender the color and gender of God; and we fail to see God in the one who comes in different shades and other forms than ours, though all of our scriptures are clear about equality and all those theologies are sound. . . We're all simply in it together, swimming together in the energy that is God.  All of us."  Sister Jean D. Chittister [1936- ], A Benedictine nun

"If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm our hostility."  -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The chain of animosity cannot be broken by retaliating against our enemy.  Human beings are foolish.  How many times are the same mistakes repeated?"  -Jakucho Setouchi, Japanese Buddhist nun

"When old enemies disappear, mellow, or turn into allies, as frequently happens in international relations, new enemies must be found and new threats must be discovered.  The failure to replenish the supply of enemies is the supreme threat facing any national security bureaucracy." -Richard Barnet [American]

"Our enemies' opinion of us comes closer to the truth than our own." -Francois La Rochefoucauld

"To hate and to fear is to be psychologically ill . . . it is, in fact, the consuming illness of our time." -H.A. Overstreet

"Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated."  -Geo. Bernard Shaw

"We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another." -Jonathan Swift


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