A rather melodramatic and far-flung essay I wrote on love and hate… =P Enjoy. 🙂
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16. In that verse two seemingly opposite yet inseparable elements intertwine: love and hate. When first asked about the concepts of love and hate, many people will declare them complete opposites; however, the two have more in common than what the naked eye may perceive.
Passion fuels both those emotions, thus we have passionate love and passionate rage. One can very easily cause the other, and situations in which love for one has caused separation with others backs this. Yet, despite these similarities, and the dependent clinginess these two emotions have for each other, they have their differences. Love cannot exist without hate, nor can hate exist without love, yet both eradicate each other. On top of that love/hate relationship the world rests, relying on the eternal, cyclical battle between these two forces to survive.
If one considered a list of all the emotions ranked in order of intensity, love and hate would vie for top spot. When a woman gives birth to a child and has her offspring pressed to her chest, the strength of the bond that develops between them can only compare to the fury that would swell in the very same woman if someone took her child away. In the Bible, the envy and anger Cain felt towards Able developed into such a powerful hatred that he murdered his own brother.
Yet, also in the Bible, despite knowing how his own creations would treat his precious son, the powerful love God felt for humanity caused him to go so far as to condemn his own son to death to save humans. Both these emotions have such potency as to tie directly into life itself, yet many would still agree that the world would improve if hate ceased to exist.
However, in order for love to exist, so too must hate, thus creating a paradox of simultaneous similarity and difference. Like light and darkness, one cannot have one without first having the other. God calls Christians to love each other and hate sin. In loving someone, one hates anything meaning to do him or her harm. Interestingly enough, one first needs to hate one’s own sin before taking the first step onto the path of loving redemption. Because of these innate ties, one cannot simply treat these two emotions separately but must consider them as one similar entity. Contrary to that, love and hate lie worlds apart, with one emotion consisting of good and the other of evil. In a way the coexisting agreement and disagreement of love and hate parallels the particle-wave theory of light.
Beyond ultimately representing the clash between good and evil, love and hate also symbolize the beginning and end. In love a couple consummates a marriage and through that they have a baby. Unfortunately, hate can quickly end the life so tentatively brought into the world through an act of killing.
Returning to the Bible for examples, the Egyptian genocide of all Israelite babies shows this simple concept. Differing on a conceptual and emotional level, love and hate also contrast each other sharply physically. Love sparks intimate and loving exchanges and causes a spike in constructive and “happy” hormones. Opposing this, hate triggers violent and irrational action and pushes one’s body down a self-destructive path.
Love and hate essentially keep Earth in balance. Without one or the other, societal structure would fall entirely apart. Yet despite how much the world requires this yin and yang balance of the two primary emotions, the people who insist on the elimination of hate have a good point. In a perfect environment where sin no longer exists, hate no longer will have a place either. Sadly sin infiltrated Earth and the beginning of time and with it introduced a need for hate. But the Bible brings hope. One day, when the very embodiment of love comes, He will end the battle once and for all, establishing the superiority of love forever.