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Author:  Jack3 [ Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:37 am ]
Post subject:  Why is love better than hatred?

Question from a friend. I couldn't articulate myself well. I asked him for definitions.

So why is love better?

Author:  theJack [ Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Why is love better than hatred?

I don't know if there's a standard answer to this, and I don't know what exactly "better" means in this context . . . I can imagine specific cases where hate is "better than" love (so it's better to hate evil than to love it). But setting aside those sorts of nuances and just trying to get at what I take to be the plain meaning of your text, it seems to me that love is good for its own sake whereas hate is only good insofar as it is averse to evil. So love is meaningful in its own right; hate is only meaningful insofar as it is (properly) related to love. So think of the end of love: to possess the good. But the end of hate is to dispossess evil. So, again, the former seems primary, whereas the latter seems secondary.

Author:  Dorothy B. [ Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:57 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Why is love better than hatred?

Love is the greatest power in the world.

Author:  Mrs. Timmy [ Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:14 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Why is love better than hatred?

Hatred is like a cancer: if not cut out, it will become all-consuming and toxic.

Love defies all the rules of science. The more it’s fed, the more beneficial it becomes. And the more you give it away, the more it increases within you.

Author:  CoconutBlanket [ Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Why is love better than hatred?

Love is productive by nature.

Hate is destructive by nature.

Author:  Strider [ Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Why is love better than hatred?

Both can be either good or bad depending on the object of the hatred or love.

Author:  Peetem [ Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Why is love better than hatred?

You can’t compare love and hated in the sense you asked (e.g., one better than the other).

Hate is the lack of love. Therefore, since hate is completely lacking something, asking which one is better than the other is like asking, “Do you like salt that has no taste?” Why would anyone desire salt that doesn’t taste like salt (e.g., its missing is taste)?

Why would anyone desire anything that’s missing something (e.g., lacking perfection)?

Author:  Riverboat [ Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:51 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Why is love better than hatred?

Peetem wrote:
Hate is the lack of love.

I'm not so sure about that. It seems to me that the lack of love is apathy. Would St. Paul have converted if he didn't care a whit about the spread of Christianity? Revelations makes a particularly vivid point about this: "So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth." (The version I remember uses vomit, not spit. That adds a great deal more of revulsion.)

Author:  Peetem [ Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Why is love better than hatred?

Apathy is the lack of will/motive to do something.

While we can be apathetic about loving someone, that doesn’t mean we wish ill-will towards them. It just means we don’t lift a finger to help them. Hatred means we will and when possible, help execute something bad towards another person.

Hatred is the total lack of love - its the desire for something bad to happen to someone.

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