I was with someone who said, “I hate Michael Jackson.” He meant he hated his music, of course. Now, I happen to love Michael Jackson’s music, but that wasn’t my issue. My issue was with the word “hate.”
It’s a really strong word and I try to use it sparingly. I criticized him for using it to describe how he felt about one person’s music, and then he said, “Well, what are some things you hate?”
Here are some things I truly hate
- The words “I can’t … “
- Wasting time
- Spam mail
- Vituperation and polarized discussion
- Political commentary disguised as journalism or “news”
- Terrorist bombings
This may seem like a mish-mash of unrelated trends, at first glance. But the more I think about it, the more I see they are all interrelated. U.S. senators who make excuses for rape should be removed from office, but instead become one pole in a heated discussion. The news programs spew commentary on the controversy.
When you are raising children, you see everything through a different filter: how will the world be when they are adults? What challenges will they face?
I feel basic principles that are guaranteed in the U.S. constitution, including the separation between church and state as well as the freedom of the press, are arguably already under attack. I wonder how my children will face the challenges of the future with these basic freedoms eliminated.
In a followup post I will reveal some things that I love. In the meantime, how do you feel about my list of things to hate? When is a situation strong enough for you to use the word “hate?”
A resident of Switzerland, Fred has worked as a teacher, language school manager and school owner. He has three boys and two cats and recently had to learn how to operate both washing machine and dryer. He makes frequent trips back to his native Chicago.
When not writing or doing the washing, Fred can be found walking along the banks of the Rhine River, sitting in a local cafe, or visiting all the local pubs in search of his lost umbrella.