Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Is extreme hatred stronger than extreme love? Can one take over the other? Can you love and hate a person at the same time? Can you hate a person enough to want to kill him? But have love and admiration for him at the same time?

If not, then one of these feelings must not be true.

But which one?

1 comment:

The Pessimist said...

“Is extreme hatred stronger than extreme love?” That is like asking 'is darkness stronger than light'? The Bible says "God is Love" (1 John 4:8); because God is stronger than anything, so must love be in comparison to hatred. Just like darkness and light, either emotion would hold meaningless if the other didn’t exist. In the above-mentioned case the extreme hatred is only reassuring the existence/revival of extreme love, not its death. Because only true love can induce such extreme emotions.

And it's not about one taking over another; it's more about the causality. Sometimes extreme hatred can develop from extreme love being prevented from freely flowing into the object of love. At that point both the extremities of emotions apparently coexist. But extreme love is stronger than extreme hatred in every way. Just because extreme hatred is easier to create, that doesn’t make it stronger because only weak people take refuge under it. Extreme hatred is like a disease that weakness succumbs to; whereas extreme love can be a healing medicine. So if there is a functional cure of the disease, which should be stronger: the disease or the drug? Leaving that rhetorical question aside, it is important to remember that extreme hatred is associated with pain and destruction while extreme love is not. That makes extreme hatred a vice and the other a virtue. Virtue always wins over vice eventually – if not here then in the hereafter. And therefore, extreme hatred is the temporary false perception; and extreme love is the true one out of the two - the root of it all.