Hatred, empathy, and compassion

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

Bukowski -
“There is a loneliness in this world so great
that you can see it in the slow movement of
the hands of a clock.”

Nietzsche -
"For that man be delivered from revenge, that is for me the bridge to the highest hope and a rainbow after long storms.

The tarantulas, of course, would have it otherwise."

I resent my own character and this is expressed through my writing. This piece is no exception. 

I am hateful (for whatever reason). I had to truly realise it (and its impact) before I begun to work on myself, and it seems I still have infinity to traverse, but I’m improving by infinitesimal degrees. 

When you’re hateful it’s easy to engage in avoidant behaviour, alter your state of mind with alcohol/drugs (yes, I know alcohol is a drug) and feel no remorse when you project your hatred onto undeserving parties.

Perhaps irredeemable or reprehensible, perhaps not. At any rate, the first step to recovering from deep-seated hatred is to recognise certain truths about oneself, no matter how inconvenient, and, if one can’t do this in one’s own capacity, given all the tools, one is certainly irredeemable, whether or not one wills it to be so, and regardless of the detriment to oneself and others. 

I really don’t know what I’m scampering on about. I think my point is that there’s always room for empathy and compassion, even for those who lack those precise qualities. 

One may not like the sentiment, but I apply the same principles to everyone, including murders and rapists alike, even the most reprehensible of the lot who commit the most atrocious acts (can’t be worse than any government’s usual routine, right?) although I can’t say I’ve ever met one, and would likely be afraid or repulsed (not as much as I am from any government), but nonetheless I’d like to think I’d strive to see the good in them and thereby encourage genuine goodness of heart to flourish wherever it may be, such that perhaps true evil may be prevailed.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” - Mahatma Gandhi


Submitted: September 25, 2021

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