Hate = Fear
It is impossible to hate someone or something without feeling fear. Fear is the baseline emotion, the protective emotion, and hate is the response. Hate/fear is the evolutionary reaction to threat.
The “witches” of Salem were hated because they were feared. We have evolved to hate as a way to attack our fears.
Evolution has one goal: Survival.
But that goal is not the survival of you, an individual creature. It is not even the survival of your, the creature’s, family or species. It is survival of the life code — the DNA or RNA.
We merely are vessels for our life code, which is our real ruler. We are the fur-lined, armor-plated raincoat our DNA wears to protect it from the universe. It is not we who adapt to the life-threatening changes the universe throws at us; it is our DNA that creates the new, improved raincoat.
The universe is antithetical to life. What with the universe’s cold and heat, and its radiation-filled, explosive tendencies, the existence of life is rare and amazing. Yet, here we are.
And while life may lurk in other places than eath, we’ve yet to find it, despite all our efforts.
We have not even agreed on the definition of “life.” I suspect that if a definition is possible it will involve some sort of creation code, like the aforementioned DNA or RNA.
Fear is the essence of survival, but we hold it in low esteem. No one is admired for being a coward, though the fearful merely follow nature’s survival instructions. The dead hero has less chance to pass along his genetic code than does the live coward.
Seemingly then, one might think evolution points us toward being cowards. But the brave have one evolutionary advantage. They have the courage to experiment.
Evolution is a trial and error process, with trillions of trials, trillions of errors, and only a few successes. But those successes are the ones that survive against difficult and changing environments to sire the next generations of adaptations.
And if anything is admired less than the fearful it is the hater, though they are the same. A hater is a sheep in wolf’s clothing.
We do not fear the fearful — “disgust” comes closer — but we do fear the hater, thus returning his hatred.
It can be said that the most fearful, indeed most cowardly, people on earth are the hate-mongers: The Nazis, the “Proud Boys,” the white supremacists, QAnon, the boogaloo bois, et al.
Their mien is designed to intimidate, with tattoos, flags of hatred, fierce beards, military garb, guns, helmets — these are the shields behind which the cowards hide. And they never allow themselves to be alone.
They feel less fearful hiding in crowds of like-minded cowards.
As cowards always do, their leader cozies up to bullies: Putin, Kim, Duterte, and of course, the very rich. He wishes to be one of them, though they laugh at his efforts.
Their leader, so cowardly he invented “bone spurs” to stay out of the military, has been, of late, America’s leading hate/fear monger. He promulgates hate/fear everywhere: Immigrants, Mexicans, Muslims, gays, the Chinese, blacks, the “deep state,” left-wingers, the “swamp,” and all those who reveal the truths about him.
He specializes in hating the poor and powerless. He wasted the influence of his office trying to take the ACA healthcare program from the poor, and had to settle instead for a tax program that widens the income/wealth/power Gap between the very rich and the rest.
His politicians reliably oppose aid to the poor, falsely characterizing them as lazy takers who, if given even a pittance, will not wish to work or to improve themselves, but instead will loll about or commit crimes.
And that leads us to excerpts from the following article.
- Poorer children struggled to access higher levels of education, even when their primary school results were high
- Wealthier children with low test scores, conversely, were able to catch up to the rest of their classmates
The research incorporates information about education levels attained by the poorest 25% and the wealthiest 25% of participants at ages 8, 12, 15, 19 and 23.
The attainment gap between “high-promise” children from the top and bottom wealth quartiles widened during school, even with similar early test scores.
Wealthier children were far more likely to embark on all forms of tertiary studies, including university, technical colleges, and teacher training.
Even among students who finished secondary school with comparable levels of learning, the attainment gap between the rich and poor students remained significant, with wealthier students more likely to progress to higher education.
“What is clear is that these inequalities in higher education access have nothing to do with ability: This is about systems which are consistently failing poorer children,” says Dr Sonia Ilie, lead author and senior researcher at the Faculty of Education at Cambridge.
The reasons for poorer learning outcomes among poorer children include limited educational resources, limited support at home, and practical difficulties with school attendance.
The fear/hate mongers spread the lie that there are basic human differences between the poor and the rich. They falsely characterize the poor as lazy and lacking ambition.
The mantra is, “If you give them unemployment compensation or food or anything else characterized as ‘welfare,’ they won’t work.”
But your daily experience shows that the poor generally are forced to labor harder, at more difficult jobs than do the rich. And compared to the rich, for whom all doors open, the poor face constant barriers to improvement.
It’s not lack of character or ability that stymies the poor; it’s lack of opportunity.
In addition to spreading the BIG LIE that federal taxpayers pay for federal spending, the haters of the poor promulogate the notion that money is wasted on the poor.
The BIG LIE is the quasi-logical support for the fear/hatred that keeps the poor down.
And that is the connection between our two stories.
A lie cannot long survive without willing believers.
Fear-created hatred provides nourishment for the Big Lie that federal taxpayers pay for benefits to the poor.
Fear/hatred supports the belief that the poor deserve their poverty, and that belief provides justification to deny them support. It destroys our compassion. It justifies our cruelty. It is the basis for Gap Psychology, the desire to distance oneself from those below, and to near those above.
Fear/hatred is how, through the centuries, no much evil has been done in the name of Jesus Christ, who did not fear and did not hate, but preached only love. His most ardent followers have been, and remain, his most ardent deniers.
Your DNA does not care about your hate, fear, love, compassion, morals or beliefs. In the universe, there is no “care.” Your DNA is coldly and chemically practical. It creates your fear/hatred. You have no choice.
You are a dispensible fur-lined, armor-plated raincoat, to be tossed away when the weather changes.
How does that feel?
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
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THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE. The most important problems in economics involve:
- Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
- Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”
Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps: Ten Steps To Prosperity:
- Eliminate FICA
- Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
- Social Security for all
- Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
- Salary for attending school
- Eliminate federal taxes on business
- Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually.
- Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
- Federal ownership of all banks
- Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9%
The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.