Hate is the emotion involving severe abhorrence and detestation being felt and/or directed towards another person, animal, location, object or situation. It has many causes, most of which involve the feeler perceiving a wrongful act being committed against him, and in turn feels a desire to exact revenge or to assert his or her authority. The condition of feeling hate is known as hatred.
In extreme cases, hatred can lead to rage or irrationality. Often these will develop if hate is not dealt with for extended periods of time, or if the initial cause is very severe. In these cases the emotion can be expressed in the form of physical or verbal abuse. Lesser forms of hatred can lead to the breakdown of relationships and the social shunning of a person.
Historical Views of Hate
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true."
Historically, others have defended hate as a valid expression of one's feelings or as a tool inspire the defense of a way of life. Rev. Jeremiah Wright, for example, sees hate as a potential source of good in that it can inspire communities to better themselves at the expense of their oppressors.