Hate is cancer

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Written from a German prison cell as he waits for the day to arrive for the hangman to come to pay him his last visit. Bonhoeffer was hung two weeks before Germany was liberated (one of Hitlers lasts acts of malice). I post these things because I see the potential reoccurrence of such historical patterns plainly beginning to play out right in front of my eyes each day. The progression seems to be slow, but the burst will materialize – at some point – all at once, as it always has throughout history, leaving us completely unbalanced and unable to respond. Be very careful what, how, and who you decide to hate, and the freedom to which you utilize this expression of hate. Your hate is being manufactured for you. It’s not even yours. The deception runs deep.
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

“Upon closer observation, it becomes apparent that every strong upsurge of power in the public sphere, be it of a political or a religious nature, infects a large part of humankind with stupidity. … The power of the one needs the stupidity of the other. The process at work here is not that particular human capacities, for instance, the intellect, suddenly atrophy or fail. Instead, it seems that under the overwhelming impact of rising power, humans are deprived of their inner independence and, more or less consciously, give up establishing an autonomous position toward the emerging circumstances. The fact that the stupid person is often stubborn must not blind us to the fact that he is not independent. In conversation with him, one virtually feels that one is dealing not at all with him as a person, but with slogans, catchwords, and the like that have taken possession of him. He is under a spell, blinded, misused, and abused in his very being. Having thus become a mindless tool, the stupid person will also be capable of any evil and at the same time incapable of seeing that it is evil. This is where the danger of diabolical misuse lurks, for it is this that can once and for all destroy human beings.”

 

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