Hatred & War

Howard Thurman , who died on 10 April 1981, was an influential American author, philosopher, Baptist preacher and theologian. He was the first African American to hold the position dean of chapel at Harvard University and Boston University, a predominately white institution in the United States.
He played a leading role in many social justice movements and organizations and his commitment to a spiritually and physically integrated society, and to the methods of Gandhian nonviolence had a great influence on Martin Luther King.

In his works he often dealt with hatred. He said:

Hatred bears deadly and bitter fruit…. Once hatred is released, it cannot be confined to the offenders alone…. Hatred cannot be controlled once it is set in motion….”

“Hatred destroys the core of the life of the hater… who does to other human beings what he could not ordinarily do to them without losing his self-respect. This is an aspect of hatred that has almost universal application during a time of war and national crisis….. [which make] it seemingly necessary to discipline men in hatred of other human beings”

“During times of war, hatred becomes quite respectable, even though it has to masquerade often under the guise of patriotism.”

Howard Thurman, morto il 10 aprile 1981, fu un autore, filosofo, predicatore Battista e teologo americano. Fu il primo afroamericano a ricoprire la carica di decano di cappella all’Università di Harvard e a quella di Boston, un’istituzione prevalentemente bianca.
Svolse un ruolo di primo piano in molti movimenti e organizzazioni per la giustizia sociale e il suo impegno per una società integrata spiritualmente e fisicamente e per i metodi di nonviolenza gandhiana ebbero grande influenza su Martin Luther King.
Nelle sue opere ha spesso parlato di odio. Ha detto:

“L’odio porta frutti micidiali e amari… Una volta che l’odio è stato liberato, non può essere limitato ai soli colpevoli… L’odio non può essere controllato una volta messo in moto…”.

“L’odio distrugge della vita dell’odiatore fino al midollo… che fa agli altri esseri umani ciò che normalmente non potrebbe fare senza perdere il rispetto di sé. Questo è un aspetto dell’odio che ha un’applicazione quasi universale durante un periodo di guerra e di crisi nazionale… [che rendono] apparentemente necessario educare gli uomini nell’odio verso altri esseri umani”

“Durante i periodi di guerra, l’odio diventa abbastanza rispettabile, anche se deve spesso travestirsi da patriottismo”.

67 thoughts on “Hatred & War

  1. lo conosco per via di Martin L.King,leggendole sue biografie spuntava spesso il suo nome! l’ultima frase che riporti è terribile nella sua verità! bravissima Luisa ci voleva questo post! buona domenica!

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    1. Pensa la coincidenza: l’anniversario della sua morte, l’angoscia del periodo attuale, e la menzione a “odio” e “guerra” fatta da Papa Francesco anche alla fine dell’omelia di oggi.
      Nonostante ciò, mi auguro che la tua domenica sia piena di gioia e serenità

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  2. True quotes for sure. On a related topic, we saw a sign on a camper van in New Zealand that said Revenge is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. Hatred is wasted emotion and effort and destroys everything indiscriminately. Stay well Luisa. Allan

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    1. ‘Hatred bears deadly and bitter fruit’ , a line written by Howard Thurman , and a blog by you on that , appears to be a reminder for those wisemen of the world communities who talk of war and peace— both without forgetting the fact that the war always generates hatred . And hatred can’t bear a sweet fruit at all . It will always bear a bitter and dreadful fruit for the Mankind as such . Destruction , thy name is war . Devastation , thy name is war . And war is virtually a weapon of a weak person , a person who never thinks of others . Only a self-cetric person thinks of war and destruction as such . Never a person of human instucts ar all . Anyway , your blog is nice and beautiful and always compells me to write back something . Thanks !

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      1. Thanks for this beautiful reflection.
        I completely agree with you, war is wanted by selfish men who do not care about the life of their people. They think only of personal interests: fame, money, pleasure found in violence and aggression, etc

        US President Hoover once said: “Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow, and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war.”

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  3. l’ultima è quella che più si addice ai nostri tempi: la Patria non come piacere che altri la conoscano, l’amano conoscendo lingua e tradizione, ma qualcosa che dobbiamo rinchiudere e far valere che è meglio di un altro territorio!

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      1. Hai fatto molto, invece, cara Luisa: condividere citazioni come quelle nel tuo post è anche questo un modo per lanciare un messaggio condiviso da tanti: “La guerra fa schifo ed è ora che tutta questa sofferenza e questo dolore abbiano fine.” Davanti ad un post così non posso che dire: chapeau, tanto di cappello. Peace&Love, ☮️❤️☮️❤️☮️❤️, sempre, 👍l

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  4. Hatred is such a strong word. There are people who I have really disliked but never hated, but then again, I’ve never met anyone who I’ve disliked so much that I could hate them.

    War however is different. I don’t think I could hate a man who was trained to kill another soldier, but I find it difficult not to hate a man who tells someone else to pull the trigger or drop a bomb while he lives a life of luxury, especially when there’s no reason for it. It’s what I regard as being human.

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  5. Violence…..the inability to change anything for the better. As John Lennon once said, if everyone demanded peace instead of another tv set, then there’d be peace. I believe I would change tv set to the newest iphone as it would be more appropriate today.

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  6. So inspiring story about Hatred and war 🌷🙏👍🏻 you also clearly written the true story of a great Author and
    philosopher and nicely explained the fact and war defeated him 👍🏻🌷thank you and blessed Sunday 🙏✨

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      1. So welcome dear friend 🌷🙏❤️ here everyday morning shine and evening or
        Night raining ☔ nice and cool weather here !! There sunny also cold weather
        Can feel , my son told , before Covid my son came to European countries for
        Work purpose , he visited Italy ,came back told me there sunny days also felt cold !!
        So beautiful country he admired 🌷😍have a nice weekend 🌷🙏🌷

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    1. Lo penso anch’io, quando sento parlare di atrocità quasi impensabili
      Deve scattare qualcosa di atrocemente perverso nelle menti dei soldati che fa considerare la condivisione delle malvagità un fatto quasi ordinario

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