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Hate Vs. Apathy

Discussion in 'Philosophical Forum' started by Robotkiller, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. Robotkiller

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    Hatred is a potent, all-consuming emotion, similar to love in it's potential strength and devastation. It is, however, a waste of energy and is really quite unrefined, as far as human relations go.

    I've come to see apathy as an enlightened form of hatred. If you truly "hate" someone, you should not want anything to do with them, period. You should not wish to speak to them, talk about them or even think about them.
    Turning an apathetic mind and heart to the person in question is not only less harmful, but it is more effective in getting your point across.

    Hatred adds fuel to an already raging fire, whereas apathy throws dirt on the flames, smothering it until there's nothing left but insignificant ashes.
     
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  2. Firedraconian

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    Hatred, like love, has many levels. It doesn't not have to be all consuming, or even partially consuming. Annoyance, for example, is a level of hate. But you aren't often consumed with annoyance.

    Apathy is a lack of caring entirely about the subject. You don't like it, you don't dislike it. It isn't a refined form of hate. It's a lack of hate. If you're apathetic about something, you really don't care at all. It could happen. It could not happen. And you'd be fine with it.

    Hate, by the way, is not unrefined or a waste of energy, any more then love is. It all depends on what you do with it. Depending on the person, hate can be a very powerful and beneficial emotion.
     
  3. ez

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    apathy is the abscene of emotions and that includes hate

    so basicaly, an apathetic person is a robot! zing~
     
  4. Firedraconian

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    Apathy is the absence of JUST emotions. You still have things like intellect, morality, free will...
     
  5. Hyde

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    like fired said, there are many levels of hatred...unfondness, dislike, annoyance, anger, hate, and loathing...

    unfondness- you don't necessarily LIKE that person, but you really don't mind

    dislike- you know you don't like that person, or the company of that person

    annoyance- you really don't like that person, their attitude gets on your nerves, you'd want to do them harm, to shut them up

    anger- you're getting pissed at that person, hurting them would give you pleasure

    hate- that person is REALLY getting on your nerves, you'd wish many unfortunacies would happen to them, maybe even want them dead

    loathing- you hate that person with a passion, you want to kill them with your own hands, and watch them suffer and die...
     
  6. Firedraconian

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    Then you have 'omniloathe'; to find repugnant in all possible ways, conditions, and variances.
     
  7. Kagutsuchi

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    Hatred imo is way more worse than apathy. Hating leads to discrimination whereas apathy leads to nothing, neither good or bad.
     
  8. DaoineSidhe

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    Apathy can be just as destructive as hatred, and sometimes more so. For example, people's apathy towards elections has cause extreme low voter turnout, causing minority interests to take power of government.

    Also, one of the key things in determining a sociopath is a complete and utter apathy towards all others. Serial killers are usually sociopaths. They are utterly deviod of being able to feel emotions common with others, and so have no respect for the life of those others, and so killing is neither wrong nor good, it just is an act. Hatred can motivate you towards action, and usually does. Sometimes those actions are good, sometimes they are bad. Sometimes hatred causes you to get involved in a cause against that thing it is you hate, leading to change and the end of that thing you hate.

    Apathy leads to inaction, which is basically the destruction of self and life. We live through our actions, and apathy leads to the lack of that action, and therefore, lack of true life.
     
  9. Firedraconian

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    Many things can lead to discrimination. Joy, for example. Or love. For example, you have a present and two people to give it two. One you barely know, the other is someone you love. You're going to discriminate in favour of the latter.

    And hatred is not a negative emotion. There are no negative or positive emotions. It all depends on what you do with the emotion.

    Example? Say you hate murder. Not murderers, but the act of murder. Are you saying that's bad? Should we love murder? Of course not. Hating murder brings about less murder, which is good.
     
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