No Hate

I always get emotional whenever people talk about others being “raised to hate.” It just strikes a chord within me. Maybe it’s because I’ve innately and steadfastly believed in kindness and empathy. Maybe it’s because I’m super sensitive and want everybody to at least like one another. Maybe it’s because I know what it’s like to be on both sides of hatred and of love, and would instantly choose love – even if hatred is easier.

Whenever I think of the word, “hatred,” I always recall the cycle of hatred in Naruto. Pein, one of the antagonists (although I say that word lightly because of the nature of the series and how it portrays people as morally complex), says the following:

Love breeds sacrifice… which in turn breeds hatred. Then you can know pain.
Just by living, people hurt others without even realizing it. So long as humanity exists, hate will also exist. There is no peace in this cursed world. War is just a crime paid for by the pain of the defeated…

There’s even a Curse Of Hatred that has plagued the Uchiha clan for generations.

In these instances, it looks like duality is at the forefront: you can’t know hatred without love, you can’t experience peace without conflict or violence. Basically, if you’re human, you feel all of these emotions and live all of these experiences. It’s unavoidable. What can be avoidable, though, is how we turn to destruction and despair whenever we feel and experience the negative.

Nelson Fernandez Jr.’s article about ISIS and the cycle of hatred uses Naruto as a narrative framework on conflict and peace-building. He talks about how the cycle can be broken or how we can look at acts of violence through a different perspective.

I really like this article. It calls for critical thinking and understanding, a willingness to cooperate and collaborate, and most importantly, empathy. We need more of it in order to end this cycle, or at least stop ourselves from thinking in that framework.

No hate, all love. ❤


Unfinished Work

I actually started a similar blog a few years ago, when I was still in university.

It’s called Storysharing for Peace, and I created it with the hope that it will be part of a portfolio I would send with my grad school application. I think it’s funny how that never happened, because I was so sure back then that getting an MA was part of my destiny. It goes to show how little we know about what’s in store for us.

I’ll probably never go back to work on that blog, mostly because I forget the password and I’m too lazy to dig that up. Also, I don’t see a point in going back. I have this blog, which I am really proud of, and I have a better goal and intention with this blog than with Storysharing for Peace.

It’s okay that we leave some things where they are, that we don’t go back to finish our work. Sometimes these are lessons for us to learn about what is truly important to us, and on where we should be concentrating our efforts. I’m glad that I started Storysharing for Peace, because it made me excited to write about something. It was purposeful work that I had transferred over to what you’re reading right now.

Have you started a blog and left it as it is, without posting updates? Do you have unfinished work that you may or may not be proud of?