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Hate: A Neglected Topic

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Hate: A Neglected Topic
http://www.psychology.com/articles/?p=233

"In my heart, there are two wolves: a wolf of love and a wolf of hate. It all depends on which one I feed each day." This quote by a Native American woman is extremely interesting, because it delves into the character of human beings. Hate comes easy for human beings, because it is synonymous with aggression, a natural instinct that all humans possess. I have notice from my own personal actions and the actions of others worldwide that it is easier to experience Hate than Love. This is especially true in Western-Individualistic societies. Hate is bred when your own personal anxieties are brought about whether it's through envy, extreme dislike, unfamiliarity etc. These anxieties that we experience led to hatred towards the subject producing the anxiety. We then blame these anxieties on the subject leading to our actions of hatred. Now hatred can be executed in so many ways, ranging from a snide comment to something as horrible as genocide. Hatred is a difficult emotion to cover and hide away; it also seems to come easier than love. It feels good to release it too, so it's an emotion that leads to more hate, like in the picture hatred breeds hatred. You are natural going to dislike someone that hates you. This is where hatred gets scary. Hatred also breeds community. Like the old saying "The enemy of my enemy is my friend" people bond over mutual hatred, this can lead to more hatred. This has been shown perfectly in the Israeli-Palestine conflict, where there is just extreme hatred for each other, and it is being fueled by the mutual hatred and the bonding over a common hatred. So when you think which wolf shall I feed today, do the wolf of love. Even though hatred is contagious, so is love and the world would be a better place if people could overcome their hatred with love without having their love for something lead to the hatred of another competing subject.

Reed Kotz
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2009/08/psychologists-sexual-orientation-cant-be-changed-through-therapy.html

Can sexual orientation be changed? This has been an interesting question for many decades now. Over the past few decades much research has been done according to the article above to figure out if sexual orientation can be changed and it turns out that it is most likely a genetic factor that plays into ones sexual orientation. According to this article and our psychology textbook there is extremely strong evidence of one's sexual orientation being determine before even birth. These findings are pretty remarkable and should help the movement against the oppression of gay people. The popular misconception that gay people choose to have relations with people of the same sex has been eradicated with the findings by Simon LeVay and the research reported by the LA Times article. These findings are extremely helpful to those who deal with problems associated with homosexuality. Now they can have clearer thoughts about how to cope with the confusion that is brought about by homosexuality. This will also help to bring more light to those who oppose homosexuality, showing that it is not a choice, but a genetic factor like hair color. Hopefully these findings can offer some insight to people who aren't sure whether homosexuality is a choice or not. This is something people are born with and should not be persecuted for their sexual orientation just because it happens to differ from societal and religious norms. Society has always seemed to persecute those who are different, and why is that?

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