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.